Hupalovka (Vesela Yevreyka) Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Hupalovka (Vesela Yevreyka)
Site address
From the southeast exit from Novozlatopol village, turn left onto a dirt road and then drive fro 3.07km. Then turn right and continue for another 1km until the cemetery is on the right.
GPS coordinates
47.67395, 36.62409
Perimeter length
282 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is not fenced.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is covered with seasonal vegetation. There are signs of vandalism here. According to the stories, about 5 years ago, someone dug up one grave, leaving a hole behind. There is one broken stone with Hebrew inscriptions (it lies by the road, it was still standing a couple of years ago). Fragments of gravestones lying in the thickets are also visible. According to Sergei, someone dug up one grave, leaving a hole behind about 5 years ago.
Number of existing gravestones
There are only 2 gravestones. There is one broken tombstone with inscriptions (lying by the road) and another which is unbroken. There are also fragments of the stones lying in the bushes, which are also visible.
Date of oldest tombstone
1860 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1920 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. Given that the oldest preserved tombstone dates to the mid 19th century, it can be gathered the cemetery was founded in that era. It cannot be found marked on old maps of the region.

Jewish Colony Number 2 in Veselaya (Ukr. Весела, Rus. Весёлая) was founded in 1845 by Jews from Vitebsk and Mogilev Governorates in present-day Belarus. The popular nickname Hupalivka (Ukr. Гупалівка, Rus. Гупаловка) was later adopted officially. In 1893, the colony had 44 Jewish, 7 German, and 1 Russian households. The total population was 436 in 1897. The community maintained a synagogue and a Jewish elementary school opened in the early 20th century. New Jewish settlers from Podolia arrived in the 1920’s and a collective farm was established in 1929. Before the arrival of the Germans in 1941, Hupalivka had a total population of 275. 63 Jews were murdered during the German occupation. Hupalivka had a Jewish presence after World War II. The village was liquidated in 1968 as economically unviable and the residents were resettled.

It is not known when exactly the cemetery was founded. The earliest tombstone dates to 1860.