Trudoliubivka Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
Driving from the north-eastern exit from the village of Chernoselovka towards the village of Proletarskoye. Drive 935m north-east, then turn left, drive along a dirt road lined with trees for 2.3km. The presumptive territory of the cemetery is on the right.
GPS coordinates
47.50669, 36.73461
Perimeter length
Perimeter could not be installed.
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is not fenced.
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
There are two destroyed buildings on the supposed territory of the cemetery. The site is covered with dense seasonal vegetation. A part of the site is a now a ploughed field. There is an abandoned well at the site as well. Who the territory belongs to is not known. The village of Trudolyubovka no longer exists. Locals from other villages say that Trudolyubovka had a Jewish population. However no one knew anything about the cemetery. Photos, video & questionnaire, were written based on the information provided by ESJF. In the place of the provided coordinates of the cemetery, in the middle of a plowed field, there are several destroyed buildings. There are no signs of a cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
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 the historical information about the Jewish colony which existed in the late 19th – early 20th century, it can be gathered that the cemetery also operated in that era.

Jewish Colony Number 5 in Trudoliubovka (Ukr. Трудолюбівка, Rus. Трудолюбовка, Yid. טרודאָלובאָווקע) was founded by Jews from the Kovno Governorate in 1848. It was also informally known as Leingel or Engels after the German farmer Engel, who lived in the colony in the early days. The colony was looted during the pogroms of May 1881. Trudoliubovka had a Jewish population of 496 (88% of the total population) in 1897. The community maintained a synagogue and a school was opened in 1903. In 1919, the colony was destroyed in one of the most brutal Civil War pogroms. All 175 men of the colony were murdered, most burned alive. The colony was never restored and the land was ploughed over.

It is not known exactly when the cemetery was founded. It was abandoned after the destruction of the colony.