Dubniki | Minsk

/ Ambiance in a witness’s house    © Jethro Massey - Yahad-In Unum Natalia S. remembers that the Jews were taken to the shooting site in trucks    © Jethro Massey - Yahad-In Unum Vladimir S. remembers he was requisitioned to fill the pit    © Jethro Massey - Yahad-In Unum Nikolay S. on the site of the Jews’ shooting © Jethro Massey - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of the Lyuban Jews in Dubniki

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Gravel quarry
Memorials :
No
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
200

Witness interview

Natalia S. remembers : “We heard shouts and tears, then a burst of shooting. Then, with the other children, we ran towards the place of the shooting. The shooting had ended by then, but the pit was not filled yet. The Germans went to the village to requisition residents to fill it.” (Witness N°756, interviewed in Dubniki, on May 19, 2014)

Historical note

Dubniki is a very small village situated 150 km southwest of Minsk, close to the village of Lyuban.  In Lyuban, in 1939, there were more than 1000 Jews living before the war. The village was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

On August 2, 1941, one month after the Germans’ arrival, a selection was conducted and between 150 and 200 Jewish men from Lyuban were killed in a gravel pit near the village of Dubniki.

In September 1941, a ghetto surrounded with barbed wire was created in the western part of the village of Lyuban around Pervomayskaya Street. It was guarded by Germans and local policemen. According to eyewitnesses interviewed by Yahad, adult Jews were forced to work, which included cleaning or repairing roads.

On November 8, 1941, 50 Jewish men were shot, as a reprisal action in response to a partisan attack. On December 4, 1941, the ghetto was liquidated by an SS detachment coming from Glusk. The Jews were escorted on foot in a column, and shot in pits near the Machine Tractor Station (MTS).

For more information about the executions of Jews in Lyuban please see the Lyuban’s profile.

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