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Steam mill in Tarashcha
Steam mill in Tarashcha
Flag of Tarashcha
Coat of arms of Tarashcha
Coat of arms
Tarashcha is located in Ukraine
Location of Tarashcha
Coordinates: 49°33′N 30°30′E / 49.550°N 30.500°E / 49.550; 30.500Coordinates: 49°33′N 30°30′E / 49.550°N 30.500°E / 49.550; 30.500
Country  Ukraine
Oblast Kiev Oblast
Raion Tarascha Raion
Founded 1709
 • Total 36.96 km2 (14.27 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 10,937
Postal code 09504
Area code(s) +380 4566

Tarashcha or Tarascha (Ukrainian: Тараща) is a city in Kiev Oblast (region) in central Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Tarashcha Raion (district). Population: 10,937 (2016 est.)[1].


Tarashcha is a historical Cossack town (in the 17th century through 17th century - rather a city). It was founded when the area was under the ultimate control of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Until the mid-20th century, the town had a significant Jewish community, being a shtetl. The town was occupied by the German army on July 23, 1941.

Jews were forced to wear armbands with the Star of David, were not allowed to buy food and were alleged to force labor. After, the ghetto was established on the Tarasha Street. The executions against the Jewish population were carried out by German security forces, SS Wiking Division, detachment of Einsatzgruppe, in occurrence Einsatzkommando 5 and local police. The execution of Jews started from the very first days of German occupation. Several executions were conducted The main Aktions took place in August, 1941 with 400 Jewish victims; on September 10, 1941, during which few hundred of Jews were killed; on November 9, 1941 was the liquidation of ghetto. Altogether up to 1,000 Jews were exterminated in Tarashcha between August and November 1941.[2]

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Recently, the town has become known as the place of the clandestine burial and later recovery of Georgiy Gongadze, a Ukrainian journalist kidnapped and murdered in 2000.

Motorcycle track near Tarashcha

Also, the Tarashcha Raion is closely associated with the prominent Ukrainian politician Oleksandr Moroz: he was born and started his career here, later became elected to the parliament from the local constituency. Moroz is the most notable and influential person in the neighborhood. There were even speculations between these two facts and Moroz's significant role in Gongadze case and Cassette Scandal.

Famous people from Tarashcha[edit]

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