Ivenets (Ivyanets) | Minsk

Sofia T. school class picture    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum / Ivenets’s former synagogue    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Elvira M. remembers that the Jews were moving into the ghetto with very few belongings © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Sofia T. remembers her Jewish school mates before the war    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Yosip L. remembers the trucks taking the Jews to the shooting    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Yahad team conducting an interview    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Ivenets’s Jewish mass shooting site    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Ivenets

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Forest
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
900

Witness interview

Elvira M. recalls: "During the first shooting, I was home. The local men were requisitioned to fill the ditch, they said that the earth was still moving, afterwards. I could hear shooting and crying. Everybody was afraid." (Witness N°431, interviewed in April 2011)

Soviet archives

"The Germans surrounded the house of a Jew. I heard some shots fired by the policemen. Suddenly, I saw smoke which came from the house, the policemen had burned the house.” [Act of the Soviet Extraordinary Commission, RG 22.022M/7021-81/106]

Historical note

Ivenets is a small city located 56 kilometers west of Minsk. In 1941, there were probably about 1,200 Jews residing in this district center. The place was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

On September 5, 1941, 50 male Jews were shot for failing to comply with German orders. On November, 1941, the German authorities established an enclosed ghetto in Ivenets. The ghetto was located on two very narrow streets, Mill and Shulhof. The ghetto received Jews from the surrounding villages, and during 1942, the Jews were selected and sent to other ghettos, as that of Novogrudok. The Germans liquidated the remaining ones from the Ivenets ghetto on June 9, 1942. About 800 victims were shot in a pit in a forest.

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