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1 Execution site(s)
Mikhail G. remembered: "Not long after the gunfire, I went to the place. I saw the very thin bodies of the victims who were dressed." (Witnesse N°45, interviewed in Baranovo, on July 16, 2008)
““In 1941 I saw the shooting of the Jews from Polotsk in the military base of Borovukha. When the Germans and the police put them in columns, there were many women (including me) who followed them (...). Children, women and elderly people were shot there” [Deposition of Maria A., born in 1910, inhabitant of Polotsk, May 7,1945; RG-22.002M.7021-84]
About 6,400 Jews lived in Polotsk in 1939, and around 620 near the military settlement in Borovukha I. This village is located 15km northwest of Polotsk. Borovukha is divided in two parts: Borovukha I and Borovukha II.
IOn November 21, 1941, the majority of the Jews from Polotsk were shot in Borovukha II near a former firing range. The Yahad team found the shooting site of the 2 300 Jews from Polotsk.
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