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This place is a bit outside the centre but should not be missed. Even if you are not an enthusiastic visitor of cemetries you should spend at least an hour for it. Follow the Ruska street past the Romanian church with the funny twisted towers until you notice at the left side a market. Go this sidestreet up to the left until you are on it between two cemetries. At the right the Christian and at the left the Jewish cemetry. Both are in principle historic cemetries and only people who have already relatives there can nowadays be buried on these both cemetries.
Enter the Jewish cemetry below the half-ruined ceremony hall and follow the main road uphill until to the highest point from where you have an impressive view of the whole city stretched over the hills (try to blind out from your view the Soviet buildings right below the hill).
The names and other details on by far the most tombstones are in Hebrew and German, others in Ukrainian and Russian but I found only one very small in Romanian.
All the cemetry is overgrown by a lush vegetation which makes it difficult to approach most of the graves but it looks very romantic. The size of this cemetry shows how big and how important the Jewish population was in Chernivtsi until 1940.
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