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Kupel and kupelians (Russian file)

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Gravestones at Kupel's Jewish cemetery


Teacher Veksler: death and avenge

School mates, 1928. Купельская школа, 1928 год


Physics Teacher Veksler was murdered in Kupel in July 1941. When Germans occupied Kupel, all Ukrainian anti-Semites went to torture, rob and murder the Jews. One day  local Ukrainian policeman was dragging teacher Veksler on the Kupel’s streets and beating him. Young Ukrainian woman, one of Veksler’s former students, , spat in the Veksler’s face along the way; than that policeman shoot old teacher. 

Statement of Manya Boim

Bence Boim (Бенце Бойм) – born in Kupel on March 5, 1886. Father’s name was Itzhak. Married Elke Kesel (Елке Кесель). They both were murdered in Kupel.  Elke and Bence had a daughter Manya Boim, who lived in Birobidgan, USSR after the war.  Manya stated, that on June 30, 1941 Germans forced more than 50 Jewish men into small storage room, even put some people on top of the others, and blocked door and window. All Jews were dead next morning. Germans made local women to bury all bodies by the Lenin’s statue, in the middle of the shtetl.

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