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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)
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.
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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