Solodkovodne (Bergtal) Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Solodkovodne (Bergtal)
Site address
The cemetery is located to the right of No.2 Mira street.
GPS coordinates
47.56199, 36.76417
Perimeter length
183 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is fenced around the perimeter with a rusty iron fence about 1.5m high.
Preservation condition
Jewish section
General site condition
The Jewish section is covered with seasonal vegetation. Locals stated that this is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries. This is the Jewish sector in the municipal cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
There are about 20 gravestones. There are about 10 post-war gravestones and 10 pre-war gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
1877 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1994 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
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. Given that the oldest preserved tombstone dates to the second half of the 19th century, it can be gathered that the cemetery was founded in that era. It cannot be found marked on old maps of the region.

Jewish Colony Number 14 in Solodkovodne (Ukr. Солодководне, Rus. Сладководное, Yid. סלאַדקאָוואָדנע) was founded by Jews from the Grodno and Chernigov Governorates in 1853. The colony was also known as Kobylnaya (Ukr. Кобильна, Rus. Кобыльная). There were 430 Jews (84% of the total population) in the colony in 1897. The community maintained a prayer house and a school was opened in 1903. During the Civil War of 1918–21, the colony survived several pogroms. The Soviet authorities created a collective farm in 1929 and Solodkovodne was the seat of a Jewish village council. The Germans arrived in October 1941, and the Jews who remained in Solodkovodne were murdered in the winter of 1941–42.

It is not known when exactly the cemetery was founded. The earliest tombstone dates to 1877.