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VELIKE KOPANY:     US Commission No. UA06400101
Velike Kopany is located in Zakarpatskaya. The cemetery is located at E of village. Velike Kopany is 50 km from Mukachevo. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
  • Town officials: Vinogradovsky Region Executive Council of Co-Chairman Shkopitko Vasiliy Ivanovich [Phone: (03143) 22408].
  • Regional: Vinogradovsky Regional Dept. of Culture, Chairman Goliba Ivan A. [Phone: (03143) 22774]. Zakarpatsky Oblast Executive Council, Chairman Ustich Sergey Ivanovich [Phone: (03122) 33051]. Zakarpatsky Oblast Administration of Culture, Gavorets V.S. [Phone: (03122) 35373].
  • Jewish Community of Vinogradov, Chairman Rozner Nikolay I. [Phone: (03143)23446].
The earliest known Jewish community was 19th century. 1926 Jewish population (census) was 120. Effecting the Jewish Community were 1918 Zakarpat'ye transfer to Czech and 1944 feportation of Jews to the death camp. The Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century with last known Hasidic burial 1943. No other towns or villages used this cemetery. The isolated suburban rural (agricultural) flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by crossing other public fields, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate surrounds the cemetery. No stones are visible. The cemetery contains no known mass graves. Municipality owns property now used for agriculture. Properties adjacent are agricultural and residential. The cemetery boundaries are smaller now than 1939 because of agriculture. Rarely, local residents visit. The cemetery was vandalized during World War II. There is no maintenance. Within the limits of the cemetery are no structures. Vegetation overgrowth is a constant problem, disturbing graves. Very serious threat: uncontrolled access and vandalism (agricultural work). Moderate threat: pollution. Slight threat: weather erosion, existing and proposed nearby development.
Oks Vladimir Moiseevich of 270065, Odessa, Varnenskaya St., 17D, Apt.52 [Phone: (0482) 665950] visited site on /07/1995. Interviewed were Rozner N.I. of Vinogradov on /07/1995. Oks completed survey on 05/08/1995. Documentation: Short Jewish Encyclopaedia, volume 2, Jerusalem 1982; Encyclopaedia Ukraineznavstvo, volume 1-2, Kiev, 1993.
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