Stara Kotelnya Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Nova Kotel`nya
Site address
Cemetery does not have an address. The cemetery is located in the western part of the town, between the old seed dryer and the river Huiva, around 200m from the road (Nova Kotel`nya - Stara Kotel`nya), on the right hand side.
GPS coordinates
50.10039, 28.93617
Perimeter length
370 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is no fence. On the eastern and western sides it is surrounded by a ditch. On the north side near the seed dryer, there are dense thickets of vegetation. On the south side there is a hillside.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is on the slope. It is covered with tense seasonal vegetation. The cemetery is located in Nova Kotel’nya village.
Number of existing gravestones
Around 100.
Date of oldest tombstone
1909 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1917 (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. It emerged no later then the early 20th century, as the earliest preserved tombstone dates to 1909. It is not marked on maps.

Jews likely began to settle in Stara Kotel’nia (Ukr. Стара Котельня, Rus. Старая Котельня, Yid. קאָטעלנע) in the early 18th century. The Jewish population was 157 in 1756, 450 in 1847, and 1,345, which was 42% of the total population, in 1897. As of 1885, the community maintained a synagogue and a prayer house. After WWI and the Civil War, the Jewish population had fallen to 896 in 1926. No information is available about the fate of any Jews who may have remained in Stara Kotel’nia after the Germans arrived in 1941.
The cemetery is actually located in Nova Kotel’nia. It is not known when the cemetery was founded. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1889.