Novozlatopil (Proletarskoe) Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Novozlatopil' (Proletarskoe)
Site address
The site of the former cemetery is now garages, it is located 200m southwest of No.10 Centralnaya street (formerly Lenin street) on the left hand side.
GPS coordinates
47.5116, 36.82322
Perimeter length
The perimeter could not be established.
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No. The garages are fenced.
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Demolished and built up with garages. Locals stated that there was only one Jewish cemetery in the village, it was demolished around 1970 (possibly earlier). People only remember the cemetery from stories.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to locals, it was demolished before the 1970s.

Novozlatopil’ (Ukr. Новозлатопіль, Rus. Новозлатополь) was founded as Jewish colony Number 7 or Grafskaya (Ukr. Графська, Rus. Графская) in 1848. The settlers were Jews from the Vitebsk and Mogilev Governorates. The colony was also informally known as Gamner or Kamner after a German farmer who lived there in the early days. From 1924–2016, the settlement was called Proletars’ke (Ukr. Пролетарське, Rus. Пролетарское). The colony had a tree nursery that supplied the whole area with saplings. The community survived a pogrom in May 1881. In the early 20th century, the colony maintained a synagogue, a school, and a loan fund. There were 468 residents in Grafskaya in 1913, most of whom were Jewish. Several pogroms occurred during the Civil War of 1918–21. In 1929, the Soviet authorities created a collective farm, which became a state farm in 1930. The farm employed 295 people in 1938. Some of the Jews were able to evacuate before the arrival of the Germans in October 1941. Those that remained were murdered.

It is not known when exactly the cemetery was founded. According to local residents, it was already non-existent in the 1970’s.

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