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The major Jewish heritage sites are now fairly easy to locate in the modern city of Rohatyn, thanks to their inclusion on commercial and city paper maps of streets and cultural features. On this page we provide an interactive map of the sites along with a short description, GPS coordinates, and links to our project pages.
First, the digital map:
The image is interactive: pan and zoom are available with ordinary mouse controls or gestures, depending on the device, and zoom is also available by the +/- buttons in the lower left of the display. A star identifies the town center, Roxolana Square at 49.4097N, 24.6093E (49°24’34.9″N 24°36’33.5″E). The several heritage sites are described further below.
Old Jewish Cemetery: 49.4077N, 24.6159E (49°24’27.7″N 24°36’57.2″E)
The first Jewish cemetery in Rohatyn is about half a kilometer (a little over a quarter of a mile) east and south of the town square, accessible from town on minor roads. The cemetery is roughly rectangular in shape, comprising about 1 hectare in area (around 2.5 acres). It is bounded on two sides by public roads, on a third by a driveway serving several houses; the north side is the edge of a steep downslope to adjacent residential properties. The cemetery is near a high point in the town, and its gentle slope provides a wide panorama of Rohatyn and the river valley it overlooks. See our Old Jewish Cemetery Rehabilitation Project for more information.
New Jewish Cemetery: 49.4199N, 24.6078E (49°25’11.6″N 24°36’28.1″E)
The second Jewish cemetery in Rohatyn is 1.5 kilometers (about one mile) due north of the town square, accessible from town on primary roads. The cemetery site is almost square in shape, comprising about 1/3 hectare in area (around three-quarter of an acre). It is bounded on one side by a public road, on another by a driveway serving several houses; the entrance is located at the south side, adjacent to a woodworking shop. See our New Jewish Cemetery Rehabilitation Project for more information.
Beit Midrash (vul. Valova): 49.4111N, 24.6100E (49°24’40.0″N 24°36’36.0″E)
The most significant former Jewish structure which survives in Rohatyn is a large but damaged building in the former synagogue complex on vul. Valova just northeast of the town square. A beit midrash (religious study hall) or possibly a synagogue before WWII, for some years after it was local student housing, and then a bakery, but today the condition of the building does not support any regular use. The remains of interior wall murals in the largest room of the building were photographed in 1994, but today are covered by whitewash. See our Synagogues Documentation Project for more information.
Synagogue (vul. Kotsyobynskoho): 49.4094N, 24.6079E (49°24’33.8″N 24°36’28.4″E)
A former synagogue just west of the market square, today this building and probably also its associated mikveh (ritual bath) have been incorporated into the Rohatyn internat (boarding school), where they serve as a theater and laundry room, respectively. The building is cared for by that institution; we are pleased to have a mutually-respectful association with the school. See our Synagogues Documentation Project for more information.
Southern Mass Grave Memorial: 49.4034N, 24.6278E (49°24’12.2″N 24°37’40.1″E)
The site of the March 1942 killing and mass burial of about three thousand Rohatyn Jews is 1.5km southeast of the town square, in open fields near a dirt road heading toward Putyatyntsi. A memorial marker was placed nearby by the Soviets, and another in 1998 by survivors and descendants of Rohatyn Jews. The exact boundaries of the mass grave are currently unknown, but will be the object of non-invasive archaeological research in 2017. See our Mass Grave Memorials Rehabilitation Project for more information.
Northern Mass Grave Memorial: 49.4175N, 24.6080E (49°25’03.0″N 24°36’28.8″E)
The site of the June 1943 killing and mass burial of about several thousand Jews from Rohatyn and the surrounding area is 900m north of the town square, in a reserved part of a city operations yard off of vul. Halytska. A memorial marker was placed nearby by the Soviets, and another in 1998 by survivors and descendants of Rohatyn Jews. The exact boundaries of the mass grave are currently unknown, but will be the object of non-invasive archaeological research in 2017. See our Mass Grave Memorials Rehabilitation Project for more information.
Other Jewish Heritage Sites:
There are several other known sites in Rohatyn related to the history of the Jewish community, but not shown on this map or described here. These include several synagogues now lost in what was one of the “Jewish quarters” of Rohatyn at vul. Valova, many houses and businesses owned by Jews in the scores of years before World War II, the wartime Judenrat building and Jewish ghetto, and other sites. Some of these are described and indicated in the several articles on this website about the Jewish history of Rohatyn before the war, and about the Shoah in Rohatyn.
This interactive map is one of a series of map-based information pages included in the project Mapping Rohatyn: Geography as an Education Resource.