Kyseliv – Borivtsi – Verenchanka

Pawel Otulakowski wrote to us: “Hello! I am Polish man who travelled to Ukraina to find family roots. Some of them are in Kyseliv. This is what I find near the village – monument without inscriptions (photo). I heard from local people history of this tragedy. Germans takes all jewish people from two twin villages – Kyseliv and Borivtsi (Kisielów i Borowce). They find also few Ukrainians who for promise to take all goods from victims agree to shot them. But they were usual people who don’t know how to kill. So they shoted even few times and they don’t kill some persons. Germans look for this and have fun that ukrainians do that “unprofessionally” . Died and alived – all were throwed to the little water eye that was deep in this time. There were corn around and few people saw everything. Everybody knows who were murderer but they lived without any consequences. Now they are die. I think You have to know about this and hope that monument will be repaired. There is also few macevas/gravestones in Verenchanka (Werenczanka) cemetery (photo).”

First I thought it is off-topic and off-area, but on closer examination I learned, that it is at least not off-area, as Kyseliv, Borivtsi and Verenchanka belong to the Czernowitz region and the Kitsman district. Above all, it can’t be off-topic, as similar brutal massacres happened in the whole area and – as Jerome mentioned – “it is one of those horrible, believable stories that is crying out to be heard, regardless of where it took place.”
Edgar Hauster

4 thoughts on “Kyseliv – Borivtsi – Verenchanka

  1. Miriam (Mimi) Taylor

    I will look for more information on what happened in these localities.Is there a Jewish organization who maintains memorials to Jews killedin the Holocaust?Mimi

  2. Alti Rodal

    This is personally very distressing. In this mass grave lie my three grandparents and many aunts, uncles, cousins. I put up this monument in 2001 with the help of Rabbi Koyfmansky of Czernowitz and the then mayor of Kiseliv, and recorded the experience in an article, “Bukovina Cemeteries, Archives and Oral History” (published in Avotaynu, the journal of Jewish genealogy, Volume XVIII, Number 3, Winter 2002). An account of the July 1941 massacre of the Jews in this region, including in these two villages, was recorded in a factual, well-documented article in Ukrainian by Ivan Fostii (“Diial’nist’ OUN na Bukovyni u 1940–1941 rr.,” Z arkhiviv VUChK-HPU-NKVD-KGB, 2000, no. 2–4).During a visit in 2008, I found that the monument had been vandalized: the plaque in Hebrew/Yiddish was missing, the one in English was cracked, but the one in Ukrainian was left intact. Now I learn that all three plaques are gone.Now that I’ve wiped my tears, I will do what I can to make sure that the image of the original monument, with all three plaques, is easily accessible on the Internet, beginning with ‘Ehpes’. I would also like to see the plaques replaced, ideally by the current village administration, supported by public statements from the local priests. I would welcome advice on how to make this happen.

  3. hauster

    On behalf of Jack Shiller:

    Most of my family left werenzcanka earlier than WW I but my grandfather is
    probably buried in the cemetary there. Jack Shiller

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