Kopaigorod is a small village in southwest Ukraine, in the region of Podolia, 41 miles southwest of Vinnitsya and 15 miles SE of Bar.

Unfortunately, there isn't much written about the town of Kopaigorod. The history of the surrounding area of Kopaigorod known as Podolia is summarized in the Kehlia links page for Bar, but information about the small town of Kopaigorod itself is not easily found. Information about Bar goes back to the 1500's and we can find information on Kopaigorod starting in the 1800's. In 1847, 617 Jews were living in the town of Kopaigorod. In 1897, out of a total population of 2950, there were 1720 Jews.

» Early history of Podolia

» Early history of Bar, largest town near Kopaigorod (Wikipedia)

» The Jewish history of Bar (Kehilalinks)

Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 describes Jewish life in the 1920's.


The area known as Transnistria was located between the Dnister River and southern Bug River and was under Romanian control during World War II. This territory formerly belonged to the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires. It is the part of Ukraine that Hitler gave to Romania in exchange for fighting against the USSR. Jews of Serbia, Bukovina and northern Moldova were deported to Transnistria by order of Ion Antonescu. Kopogairod was part of this territory.

During WWII, Jews from Romania were imprisoned within barbed wire in Kopogairod and left with minimal food and water so that diseases like Typhus took hold. Below are some of their stories.

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