Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ukraine Trip Post #10--Day 8 (September 8, 2016), Part 1

(To see everything from my Ukraine trip, see here.)

Mikhael picked us up again the next morning.  Once we heard we were heading to Dulovo (formerly Dulfalva), he said he had a friend in that town, just had he had in Kryva the previous day.  We drove up into the mountains and picked up Mikhael's friend who directed us to the Jewish cemetery.  There was a man in the cemetery with a chainsaw and axe clearing it; he told us that a man named Israelovitch from Kiev had approached the town mayor about cleaning it up, and this man was hired.
Dulovo's Jewish Cemetery

There were several stumps of stones, and 3 legible ones, none of which looked too stable.  I photographed all of them.
Toppling stones
The man who was working on cleaning things up said that the nearby Krychovo cemetery was also just cleaned up, so we headed in that direction.  (Also, my Joszovics/Joshowitz family lived there at one point.)
Welcome to Krychovo!
Krychovo (formerly Kricsfalva) is a beautiful town with lots of older (and many newer) homes. It was larger than the other villages we had gone to in the region.
At the entrance to Krychovo
We were directed in many different directions trying to find the supposedly cleaned up Jewish cemetery.
Driving through Krychovo
We finally found the cemetery which was fenced in.  Although it looked like it had been cleaned up (at least in comparison to some of the other cemeteries we'd already visited), weeds were regrowing.
Krychovo's Jewish Cemetery
Most of the stones there were mostly worn away by weather, although a few were somewhat legible.
In Krychovo's Jewish Cemetery
We talked to a woman who said that the cemetery used to be covered with trash, but some men came and asked the mayor to clean it up. The locals then would periodically mow it, but with the new fence it is more difficult.
We attracted locals everywhere--this is in Krychovo outside the Jewish cemetery
One of them women said that several journalists, including one who is from America, had come through the town to write an article about the Jewish cemetery.

We then headed back to Dulovo.  I knew exactly where my great-great-great-great grandfather Dovid Rutner's land was, thanks to an 1865 cadastral map. And using that map and Google Maps on my phone, I was able to find the exact location where he lived.
House on Dovid Rutner's Land
There was a house on the land that looked very old.  It may have been Dovid Rutner's house.  Or it may not have been.

Here's where we were geographically in this post:

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  1. Loving the updates thank you. Could you please give his dates of birth and death? "I knew exactly where my great-great-great-great grandfather Dovid Rutner'"

    As we show as distant cousins and I have not been able to get down yet how we are related... I'm trying to connect visually with his time period. Thank you... awesome trip. Inspiring.

  2. I love your stories and photographs. Was anyone living in that house on David Rutner's land? (currently I mean)

  3. What a great service you're doing by photographing these cemeteries (even if some of the stones' engravings are weathered away).