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Kornyn is a village in Zhytomyr district, Zhytomyr region. According to the 2014 census, the village had a population of 2283 people.

After the second partition of Poland in 1793, Kornyn became part of the Russian Empire.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a shtetl in the Radomyshl district of Kyiv province.

In the summer of 2022, I visited the town in search of any traces of the Jewish population, but I could not find anything. The only remaining old building in the village is the ruins of an old mill, which is the only witness to the existence of a Jewish community here.

Kornyn belonged to the Brusilov kagal. According to the 1765 census, 7 Jews were living here. However, in 1787, no Jews were recorded in the settlement.
In 1900, there were 418 Jews (3% of the total population) living in the Kornyn area. One of the central enterprises in the town was a sugar factory, which employed several hundred people, many of whom were Jewish.

Kornyn entrepreneurs list from Russian Empire Business Directories by 1913:

Monument to the truck in Kornyn, 2021:

In 1904, the only pharmacy in the town belonged to Sh. Altman, and the pharmacist working there was A.-M. Yakhman-Ikhelzon.

At the beginning of World War I, about 800 Jews were living in Kornyn. The town had 200 Jewish houses, 25 shops, four large enterprises, and five religious institutions (synagogues, cheders, and Talmud Torahs).

Kornyn, 2021:

Kornyn ceased to exist as a Jewish shtetl during the Civil War of 1917-1920 when Jews were forced to flee to other places due to numerous pogroms.
The town experienced five pogroms:
– In December 1918, shooting and looting of Jewish property took place during a fair, but there were no human casualties.
– In March 1919, a gang led by Svyatnenko organized a pogrom in the town, resulting in the death of 4 Jews.
– In April 1919, a rebel detachment captured Kornyn and killed 16 Jews.
– In May 1919, an unknown gang broke into the town and killed 8 Jews.
– A week after the fourth pogrom, Sokolov’s gang broke into the town, killing 8 Jews and maiming many others. Many Jewish women were raped.

List of pogrom victims:

Bandits killed one Ukrainian family for hiding a Jewish boy.

On June 26, 1919, a rebel detachment captured Kornin and began to loot and commit violence against the Jewish population. Many Jews fled to Fastov and Kyiv, and local peasants looted their property. Most refugees from Kornin became victims of a typhus epidemic, with a mortality rate of up to 90%.|

Result of pogroms in Kornyn...

Result of pogroms in Kornyn…

Jewish houses and shops were looted and destroyed by local peasants.

I could not find any information about the residence of Jews in the village after 1920.


Some documents related to Jews of Kornyn can be found here.

Jewish cemetery

I didn’t find remains of the Jewish cemetery in Kornyn. In Wikimapia, somebody mark a small plot of the land as Destroyed Jewish cemetery. I make a shot from this place to opposite side of Irpen river:



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