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Nina S. evokes: "The Jews were very good neighbors. They worked well. They were pharmacists, engineers, butchers, milk sellers…I went to school until the 4th grade with the Jews Fima Grinberg and Malka Gerber. The father of one was a pharmacist, another had a candy shop. His son always brought candy." (Witness N°258, interviewed in Kodnya, on October 18, 2005).
Kodnya is located at 22 kms from Zhytomyr. According to some sources, there were approximately 500 Jews in the village before the war. There were for the most of them, merchants or craftsmen. There were a synagogue in the village.
According to Nina S. (Witness N°258, interviewed in Kodnya, on October 18, 2005), the Jews weren’t immediately arrested by the Germans. They were shot altogether and dressed. The houses of the Jews were plundered, then destroyed. The Germans took the Jewish values although some material of the synagogue in order to make constructions.
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