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Official seal of Zalishchyky
Zalishchyky is located in Ukraine
Location in Ukraine
Coordinates: 48°39′N 25°44′E / 48.650°N 25.733°E / 48.650; 25.733
Country  Ukraine
Oblast Ternopil
Raion Zalishchytskyi
First mentioned 1340
 • Mayor Wolodymyr Benewjat
 • Total 7.16 km2 (2.76 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 9,750
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Zalishchyky (/zɑːlʃˈɪki/ zah-leesh-CHIK-ee, Ukrainian: Залiщики, translit. Zalishchyky; Polish: Zaleszczyki, translit. Zaleshchiky; Russian: Залещики, translit. Zaleshchiki; German: Salischtschyky (Hinterwalden); Romanian: Zalișciîkî, translit. Zalesciki, translit. Zalyshchyeke; Yiddish: זאַלישטשיק‎, translit. Zalishchik; Hebrew: זלישצ׳יקי‎, translit. Zalyshchiki; also spelled Zalischyky) is a small city located on the Dniester river in the southern part of the Ternopil Oblast (province), in western Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Zalishchyky Raion (district).

In 2001, its estimated population was around 10,100.


Zalishchyky's name, as well as its precursors Zalissia and Zalishche, derive from the Ukrainian word for the witch-hazel shrub (Ukrainian: за ліщиною, translit. za lishchynoyu). The name is attributed to Zalishchyky's initial settlers.

A common myth is that the name originated from "zalis", a compound of the Ukrainian words "за" (za) and "ліс" (lis), together meaning "behind (the) forest". Though, Hinterwalden, the name for a Saxon settlement on Zalishchyky, does indeed find its etymological roots in this idea, originating from the German "hinterwald" (also meaning, literally, "behind forest").


Zalishchyky's climate is quite mild, with grapes, peaches and other fruits growing in the area. It is especially famous for its tomatoes. Since the inter-war era, it has been a centre for the tourist industry. Before the collapse of the USSR, some 10,000 visitors arrived annually. In the antebellum period, the town was an important tourist center of Poland. It is also one of the few wine growing areas in that part of Ukraine.


While the first known mention of Zalishchyky is traced back to 1340,[additional citation needed] the village had already existed for some time, and given its proximity to a number of other prehistoric settlements, probably dates back to the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture of late Paleolithic antiquity. In 1469, the village was a peasant farming community under the name Zalissia (Залісся) or Zalishche (Залісще), as was the nearby community of Dobrivlyany, which was absorbed as a subdivision of the modern city in 1981. In 1569, Zalishchyky was assigned to the Podolian Voivodship, an administrative unit of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, to which the town became a seat for their county in 1774. In 1578, the village adopted the name "Zalishchyky". In 1594, Stanisław Żółkiewski raised an army in Zalishchyky and defended the locale from a Tartar invasion.[1] In 1672, the village was completely destroyed by Turk invaders during the Second Polish–Ottoman War. In 1750, at the invitation of Prince Stanisław Poniatowski, Saxon weavers of Silesian cloth settled on part of an historically older portion of Zalishchyky, and named it Hinterwälden. The establishment marked Zalishchyky's transition from a village to a true town. Hinterwälden still survives today, and is now known as "Old Zalishchyky". In 1766, Zalishchyky received the right to self-governance under the Magdeburg Law. The 1772 census lists 159 Jewish families of varying professions dwelling in Zalishchyky. Between 1772 and 1918 Zalishchyky was ruled by the Austrian states of the Habsburg Monarchy, Austrian Empire, and finally Austria-Hungary, though between 1809–1816 it was under control of the Russian Empire.

During the 19th century, the area around Zalishchyky was populated primarily by Ukrainian country folk, though the town had a large Polish and Jewish population. By then, the city was associated with the best peaches, plums and grapes in the Austrian Empire. In 1838 the commander of Zalishchyky's infantry battalion reported the beginnings of a peasant revolt against the didych (Ukrainian: дідичів), the land owners.[2] On June 18, 1809 during the War of the Fifth Coalition the town was the site of a fierce battle (Polish: Bitwa pod Zaleszczykami) that ended with an Austrian victory. In 1863, the town's Christians rioted against the Jewish population after a Jewish business owner attempted to collect on a loan to a Christian storekeeper. In the ensuing chaos, Jews were beaten and Jewish property was destroyed before police from Chernivtsi were able to suppress the incident. Later that same year a Jewish family was butchered in a nearby hamlet. Zalishchyky's synagogue was destroyed in 1871 by a massive fire that also razed 170 houses. At the end of the 19th century, the area around Zalishchyky witnessed large-scale emigration to the New World, especially western Canada.

Austrian stamp cancelled Zaleszczyki in 1876

In 1914, Russia captured Zalishchyky, initially killing 30 Jews, before expelling the rest of the town's Jews on April 15 of the following year, many of whom died of typhus and syphilis. Following the end of the First World War in 1917, the town's economy was bilious and many Jews were either widowed or orphaned by the war. The town recovered from its wartime loses thanks to aid from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jews from neighboring towns and oblasts. After the dissolution of Austria-Hungary in 1918, Zalishchyky was annexed along with the majority of East Galicia by the short-lived West Ukrainian People's Republic, following which Yevhen Petrushevych was appointed as the town dictator. After the subsequent Polish–Ukrainian War ended in Polish victory, Zalishchyky was again under Polish sovereignty.

Once again under Polish sovereignty, Zaleszczyki became part of the Tarnopol Voivodeship. Under the Second Polish Republic, Zalishchyky was located in the extreme southeast corner of the country, and developed into a very popular spa, and was dubbed the "Polish Meran" or the "Polish Riviera", especially popular were the sandy beaches located along the Dniester. The town was regarded as the warmest town in Poland and the Polish capital of grapevine, with annual grape festivals taking place here every summer. Zalishchyky had a direct rail connection with Warsaw and Gdynia (the distance of 1,314 kilometres (816 miles), the longest route in the Second Polish Republic). Furthermore, a luxtorpeda fast train connected Zaleszczyki with Tarnopol. The town suffered three catastrophic floods in 1863, 1871, and 1927.

Crossing the border at Zaleszczyki into Romania on 15 September 1939, 2 days before the Soviet invasion from the east - passport.

Zalishchyky's already prolific reputation in the world of tourism coupled with the luxtorpeda railways revived Zalishchyky's tourist industry, and the town's economy boomed as it slowly became completely oriented to tourist activity. This bloom lasted until 1939 when Germany commenced the Invasion of Poland, igniting World War II and leading Soviet Ukraine, a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, to annex Zalishchyky on September 17, during the Polish September Campaign.

After Soviet capture and occupation of Zalishchyky, the beaches and orchards were destroyed, the Baroque town hall was demolished, and a monument of Lenin was erected in its spot. The Roman Catholic church of St. Stanislaus was devastated, and turned into fertilizer storage. All Jewish activity ceased, with the exception of some continuing education in Yiddish schools. Following the onset of the war, many officials from the Polish government and military travelled through Zalishchyky en route to Romania, whose borders still remain within a considerably short distance from the modern town.

In early July 1941, on a date not certainly known, the Soviets drowned close to a thousand civilians in the Dniester in what became the Zalishchytska tragedy. On July 8, 1941, German forces entered Zalishchyky and immediately began persecuting the town's Jews. Many were sent to be slave labor in Nazi-controlled Zhvanets in the fall. On November 14, several Jews were deported to work camps, 200 to Kamianka-Buzka, and 40 to numerous smaller locales, such as Kutno. Shortly after, 800 Jews were forced to the outskirts of Zalishchyky, where they were murdered. In 2011, a monument was erected near the execution site (now a sports stadium). The proper site of the execution was developed with residential houses and garages after the end of the Second World War.

Much of the town died of hunger and typhoid in the winter of 1941, and Jews were moved to neighboring ghettos, mainly to Tłuste, beginning September 20, 1942. From Tłuste, most of them were shipped to Bełżec extermination camp, others died during deportations. Only a few dozen survived.[3] Some were able to escape to areas such as Tashkent thanks to Soviet evacuations and deportations during the war.

In March 1944, the region was liberated by the Russians, before briefly returning to German control, during which many Jews were murdered by the panicking Nazis. After being liberated a second time by the 1st Ukrainian Front on March 24, survivors and some of those deported returned to Zalishchyky. While the Nazi forces had been defeated, conditions hardly improved. While Moscow lauded the liberation of the city, even naming a battle division after the city, Communist control soon proved to be worse than Nazi occupation inn many ways. Starting less than a day after liberation, denizens of Zalishchyky were arrested by SMERSH and presumably murdered by operatives of the NKVD. In October, more than 800 citizens from Zalishchyky were forcibly drafted by the Soviets to fight in the Baltic Offensive, less than 20 survived. After the war, the town was largely repaired, as industrial plants, buildings, and roads were rebuilt and recommissioned. In addition, canneries were widely re-established, leading to the opening of bakeries, dairy plants, corn-calibrating plants, as well as factories which produced textiles and other consumer goods. Much of these industries lasted until the fall of the Soviet Union, after which they collapsed due to newly-independent Ukraine's weak newborn economy.

In 2016, Zalishchyky celebrated the 250th anniversary of township under the Magdeburg Law with a holiday commemorating the city. A two-day long "Zalishchyky Fest" ensued. Concurrently, Zalishchyky's government has begun work on repairing infrastructure, such as asphalt repair, paved lighting, new lights, benches, litter bins, and a number of improvements to either of the city's local parks; one of which, the Zalishchyky Central Park, houses a number of historic monuments and rare species of flora. This park and Zalishchyky Park which lies to the south are a Ukrainian national park.

Archeology and monuments[edit]

Before the Second World War, the area around Zalishchyky became a major centre of archeological attention. Near various villages, especially Koshylivtsi (error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)), a little north of the Dniester, excavations were carried out which uncovered statues, coins, and other artifacts from as far back as the Neolithic Cucuteni-Trypillian culture, and extending through the period of the Roman Empire and the Migration Period in the Early Middle Ages.

Zalishchyky contains a 17th-century Roman Catholic church, an 18th-century Town Hall and other monuments.

Points of interest[edit]

  • Roman Catholic Church of St. Stanislaus, founded by the King of Poland Stanisław II Augustus in 1763, and completed in 1828. The church served as a storage in 1946–1992. Currently, it is under renovation
  • The Poniatowski Palace, built in the late 18th century, and remodelled in 1831. It was property of Duke Józef Poniatowski, in the 19th century belonged to the Brunicki family. Its last owners was the Turnau family
  • The Pilsudski Villa, where in 1933 Józef Piłsudski stayed
  • 19th century Roman Catholic cemetery
  • The manor house of Jan Kasprowicz, a Polish poet who lived here in 1896–1899



International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Zalishchyky is twinned with:


  1. ^ Sergei Lep'yavko. Severin Nalyvayko // Holders hetman mace: Historical Portraits / Author preface V.  A.   Smoliy.   - KA: Sentinel, 1994.   - 560 pp .   - S. 61.   - (Сергій Леп'явко. Северин Наливайко // Володарі гетьманської булави: Історичні портрети / Автор передмови В. А. Смолій. — К. : Варта, 1994. — 560 с. — С. 61.) ISBN 5-203-01639-9.
  2. ^ Верига Василь Іванович. Нариси з історії України (кінець XVIII — початок ХІХ ст.). — Львів : Світ, 1996. — 448 с. — С. 144. — ISBN 5-7773-0359-5.
  3. ^ "History - Jewish community before 1989 - Zaleszczyki - Virtual Shtetl". 
  4. ^ "Miasta Partnerskie". Bytów City Council Official Site (in Polish). Archived from the original on 3 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  • Hryniuk, Stella Peasants with Promise: Ukrainians in Southeastern Galicia 1880–1900 (Edmonton, 1991). Contains a map on the endpapers of the book which shows all of the villages of this part of Galicia, including the Zalishchyky area.
  • Przewodnik po Województwie Tarnopolskiem z mapą [Guide to the Ternopil Region with a Map] (Ternopil, 1928: reprinted circa 1990). Contains much historical material.

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Coordinates: 48°39′N 25°44′E / 48.650°N 25.733°E / 48.650; 25.733