"They should know that there was once a shtetl named Dokshitz, where Jewish life flourished." Shechina Kantorovitch monuments erected by the Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy with your help


Cemetery links: 
a picassa picture gallery picture gallery(scroll down to see comments) translations  by  picture number, last name, and date.


   
     

    When we think of the cemetery in Dokshitsy, we think of the cemetery across from the street of the Holocaust massacres. This cemetery was recently restored by the Dokshitsy District and the Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy after 100 tombstones were found buried under a road.  There is a second cemetery across the river Berezina. According to Nikolai Dmitrovich Chiastikov, who had mentioned the existence of the second cemetery, it is on the side of the river that was in the Vilna Gubernia (Province) during the Russian empire. Much of Dokshitsy including the first cemetery was in the Minsk Gubernia. Jews from nearby  Parfianov used the Dokshitsy cemetery according to two sources, Shmuel Rozov and Nikolai Chistakov. In all probability Voznvoshchina, a small settlement near Parfianov also did.
      There are 134 tombstones in the first cemetery. The stones that can be dated go back to 1760, and are as recent as 1924. Many of the stones do not have last names.  The stones do not appear to be a random sample. There are quite a few Rabbis, which indicate that the stones come from the dignitaries' section.
     David Freedman  translated and transliterated the text of the tombstones into English.  He used pictures
taken by Frank Swartz, supplemented in a few cases by Gloria Dove. All the pictures can be seen in picassa gallery; the translations are in the comments, which can be seen by scrolling down. David also looked to see if any of the stones could be identified with known people. In several cases he found people had been mentioned in revision lists (censuses) In the case of Rabbi Yehoshua Zelig Kabakoff, whose stone is on the left, there were several sources of information- the Yizkor book by a granddaughter, and in the family memory of the Kabokoff family in the United States. These translations are posted in spreadsheet format by picassa picture number, last name, and date. Click on the picture to the right, and scroll down to read the comments and reveal a fascinating story.
   
     Aaron Ginsburg briefly visited the second cemetery in May 2008. It is now the site of a power transmission station.  When Lew Michelson went to Dokshitsy in August, 2008, he made a thorough exploration of the perimeter of the second cemetery. At least three tombstones were discovered, one of which David Freedman has translated: 
[1] p.n.
[2] m. Shmuel
[3] Zanvil b.?r.?
[4] Moshe z.l.
[5] vnif.
[6] 18 Tevet, 500+
[7] 80 l.q. t.n.tz.b.h.
 
[1] Buried here is
[2] Mr. Shmuel
[3] Zanvil son of
[4] Moshe of blessed memory.
[5] He died
[6] 18 (written as Hai) Tevet, 500+
[7] 80 of the millennium (= 5 January 1820).  May his soul be bound in the bonds of eternal life.

In addition to the cemeteries in Dokshitsy, there are many graves in the Dokshitsy Diaspora  whose tombstones may provide information of value to Dokshitsy descendants. See Other Cemeteries for more information. In Maspeth, NY there is a Dokshitzer section in the Mount Zion Cemetery. A search revealed 194 burials  There is also a section in the In addition, places like Newport, RI and Sheboygan Wisconsin have a large concentration of such stones. Other cemeteries of interest include the Dokshitzer section of the Mount Zion Cemetery in Masspeth, NY, the Jewish cemetery on Farewell St in Newport RI, and others.