Kupil (Ukrainian: Купіль, pronounced [ˈkupilʲ]; Russian: Купель, romanized: Kupel', pronounced [ˈkupʲɪlʲ]) is a village (selo) in the Volochysk Raion (district) of Khmelnytskyi Oblast (province) of western Ukraine.
Jewish settlement in Kupel began in the 18th century. In 1897 the local Jewish population comprised 63 percent of the total population. After the October Revolution Jews suffered from pogroms, most severely on December 5–10, 1917.
The Germans occupied the town on July 5, 1941. During the first days the Germans murdered about 90 Jewish men. Jews were kept imprisoned in a ghetto and used to perform forced labor. On September 21, 1942 about 600 Jews from Kupel were taken to Volochisk and executed outside the town. The remaining Jews, those who had been found in hiding, were shot to death at the town's Jewish cemetery. Kupel was liberated by the Red Army in March 1944.
The Yiddish writer Chaim Bejder[permanent dead link] was born in Kupil (Kupel) in 1920. He was an editor of only Jewish magazine in Soviet Union : "Sovetish Geimland". He moved to United States in 1996 and died in the state of New York in 2003.
- Jews of Kupel the Shtetl. Life in Kupel before World War II and fate of Kupel Jews in documents, maps, photographs and stories at http://kupel.net/
- "The Untold Stories. The Murder Sites of the Jews in the Occupied Territories of the Former USSR". yadvashem.org. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
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