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Kupil (Ukrainian: Купіль, pronounced [ˈkupilʲ]; Russian: Купель, romanizedKupel', pronounced [ˈkupʲɪlʲ])[citation needed] is a village (selo) in the Volochysk Raion (district) of Khmelnytskyi Oblast (province) of western Ukraine.

Jewish History[edit]

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.[1]

The Hebrew scholar William Chomsky was born in Kupil in 1896. He later moved to United States. William is the father to Noam Chomsky and David.

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.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Untold Stories. The Murder Sites of the Jews in the Occupied Territories of the Former USSR". yadvashem.org. Retrieved 2017-02-25.

Coordinates: 49°36′36″N 26°30′36″E / 49.61000°N 26.51000°E / 49.61000; 26.51000