Baranovichi | Brest

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Execution of Jews in Baranovichi

1 Execution site(s)

Investigated by Yahad :
2010
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1942-1944
Witnesses interviewed :
6

Witness interview

Witnesses interviewed: 6. (N°284, 285, 286, 287, 294, 269). Nadezhda Ivanovna I. (N°269): "They were carried by trucks. There were two secondary mass graves, very long and very wide. They were killed in the groups they arrived in by truck along the edge of the mass grave. The children were snatched from their parents’ hands and thrown into the mass graves."

Soviet archives

RG-22.002M/7021-81/102. "At the end of June 1942, many Czechoslovakian families were transported in special rail cars from different Czechoslovakian cities to Baranovichi. They were mostly intelligentsia: doctors, engineers, teachers, etc. There were about 2,000 people. When the Czechoslovakians arrived, they were ordered to leave their things in the cars, to get on the trucks and go have lunch. The lunch was merely a pretext. They were transported two kilometers from the city, to a place called "Gaj", and they were shot. Some of them were killed in the gas vans on the road."

German archives

B162-3407 to B162-3423, B162-6945 to B162-6954, B162-7505. B162-3408. "[3.000 Czech Jews] were taken away to the “Gaj” forest, behind Neu-Baranowicze, to the North-East in the direction of Lake Zlobin. There, mass graves had already been prepared in advance. The people who arrived had to strip and collect their belongings. They were then shot, standing at the edge of the mass grave. The vehicles were enclosed and drove the victims who were already dead (…). The blood flowed from the noses and mouths of many victims (…). There were tables near the graves, on which there were bottles of vodka and other alcohol."

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