Kopatkevichi | Gomel

/ Ambiance in Kopatkevichi. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Galina K. remembers her Jewish neighbors. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Galina K. showing  the place where there was the barn where the Jews were burnt. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Yahad team during a witness interview. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum

To access full (non-subtitled) videos of witness testimony for a village, please visit the Registered users area

Execution of Jews in Kopatkevichi

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Barn
Memorials :
No
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
About 35

Witness interview

Galina K., born in 1935, remembers : «Before the war, the village was quite small. But there were 3 cemeteries, an orthodox cemetery, a Polish cemetery, and a Jewish cemetery. My father had many Jewish friends. On the street where we lived, there were mostly Jews. I felt often upset at that time, because the Jews were better dressed than us.» (Witness N°845, interviewed in Kopatkevichi, on September 21, 2014).

Historical note

Kopatkevichi is a small city situated 150 west of Gomel. Before the war, there was a significant Jewish population living mostly in the center and being storekeepers. 881 Jews lived in the village in 1939. There was a Yiddish school and a synagogue which was opened in 1937. The city was occupied by German troops during the  summer of 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The events regarding the Jews in Kopatkevichi during the war are essentially known thanks to the testimonies of witnesses recorded by Yahad. In the beginning of the German occupation, the Jews were still able to live in their own houses. On November 18, 1942, the Germans assisted by the local police, came to round up the Jews from their houses. The Jews were loaded onto 2 carts, driven by the policemen,  then taken to a barn on the outskirts of the town where they were burned. Apparently, the ashes were buried on the spot. Today in place of that barn, there is a private house.

Nearby villages

Other links

Do you have additional information regarding a village that you would like to share with Yahad ?

Please contact us at contact@yahadinunum.org
or by calling Yahad – In Unum at +33 (0) 1 53 20 13 17