Raihorod

Prior to our visit to Raihorod, I had read that tombstones there had been used in the repair or reconstruction of a railroad water tower and that the town had a labor camp for prisoners working on the DG4 highway. We managed to find the water tower for the steam locomotives by coming down on it from the heights above. Those heights, overlooking the Buh River, were also the site of the cemetery. It was easy to understand how tombstones could have been thrown over the edge of the cliff to the site of the water tower below.

As we stood in the cemetery and looked along the railroad tracks to the left we could see an operating stone quarry. It is logical to assume that this was also a quarry during World War II and that it was a place where prisoners worked harvesting stone for the highway; however, I do not know if that is true.

We were told that the labor camp occupied high ground overlooking the cemetery where the school is now located.

The cemetery covered a substantial area with stones scattered widely. Most were “boot” stones; however, some of those stones had added a “tablet” along the spine of the “boot”. The tablets carried the inscription for the stones. There were also some slanted face or head pieces that carried inscriptions. The cemetery appeared to be completely abandoned with numerous paths cutting through it.

Our examination of the water tower was inconclusive on the question of whether or not tombstones had been incorporated into its consctruction. There were some stones in the water tower that had the look and shape of tombstones, but no inscriptions or art work were visible. We did speak with at least two local residents who assured us that tombstones had been used in the construction of the water tower.