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1 Execution site(s)
Vasyl B., born in 1930, recalls: “The mass shootings lasted three or four days in a row. Once, I passed by and I saw it. After, I didn’t go there because the Germans could have killed me.
YIU: Where did the mass shooting that you saw take place?
W: Here, in the forest behind the railroad.
YIU: What is the name of that forest?
W: The forest is called “Savky.” (Witness N°1856, interviewed in Lanchyn, on September 9, 2013).
Lanchyn is situated about 50km south of Ivano-Frankivsk. Under the Polish administration, the town was occupied by the Soviets in September 1939. There was a large Jewish community there before the war. The majority of them lived off of trade. The town was occupied in the early July 1941.
In October-December 1941, some Jews from Lanchyn were transferred to Nadvirna, where they were later shot. Between 200 to 400 Jews living in Lanchyn were shot to death in the forest, called Sadky, in the spring of 1942. According to eyewitness N°1856, Vasyl B., the execution lasted for 3-4 days. After being brought in trucks to the forest, the Jews were forced to undress and walk along the plank, one by one. According to the witness, there were three mass graves at the site.
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