Dvorets | Grodno

/ Place where the Rabbi’s house used to be situated © Nicolas Tkatchouk- Yahad-In Unum Alexandra P. remembers she used to feed the Jews through the barbed wire © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Dmitriy K. remembers Jews were requisitioned to build a German aerodrome    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Yahad team conducting an interview    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Preparing for the interview © Nicolas Tkatchouk- Yahad-In Unum Stanislav K., born in 1931, had to move to another house because his house became part of the ghetto © Nicolas Tkatchouk- Yahad-In Unum Dvorets Jews mass shooting site © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Dvorets

4 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Forest
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944

Witness interview

Dmitriy K. evokes: "There was also a mass grave in the village. But a long time after the war, a Vitebsk military unit came to dig up the bodies (about fifty) to put them in one shared mass grave in Novoyelnya. This mass grave included Jews who hid in the forest." (Witness N°326, interviewed in May, 2010)

Historical note

Dvorets is a village located 139 kilometers southwest of Minsk. Before the war, there were around 400 Jews living in Dvorets. They were 75% of the total population. The place was under German occupation from 1941 to 1945.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

In March 1942, a ghetto was set up between Molchadskaya, Goncharnaya, and Smutnaya streets. In that ghetto, were Jews gathered from surrounding areas, like Naliboki. According to witnesses interviewed by Yahad In-Unum, the ghetto was fenced in with barbed wire, but there were many secret tunnels going inside the ghetto. The liquidation of the ghetto took place in the second half ofDecember 1942 when 2,500 to 3,000 Jews lived there at this moment. The Jews were killed in pits dug in advance in the forest about 2 kilometers outside the village on the road from Dvorets to Novoyelnya. Later, hidden Jews were also killed within the village.

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