Lokachi | Volyn

/ Pavlo  K., born in 1931, saw the truck taking the Jews pass down his street. He remembered that the Jews were crying and that there were men, women and children  © Ellénore Gobry – Yahad-In unum During the interview © Ellénore Gobry – Yahad-In Unum Olena M., born in 1929, saw the shooting of the Jews by the Gestapo. She remembered there were some stairs in order to go in the grave © Ellénore Gobry – Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Lokachi

2 Execution site(s)

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

Witness interview

Olena M. explains: "Before the shooting, all the Jews were gathered in the ghetto to listen to the speech of the rabbi, who had gotten on a box to deliver it. The Jews then calmly got into the trucks." (Witness n°1481, interviewed in Lokachi, on May 5, 2012).

Historical note

Lokachi is located 60 kilometers to the west of Lutsk . According to the 1921 census, the Jewish population of Lokachi was 1,265. The total population of the town in 1937 was 1,790.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The Germans entered the town on June 1941. A Judenrat was soon established. The Jews were forced to move to a ghetto in November 1941. The ghetto started to be closed in with a fence in February 1942. Many Jews of the ghetto were subjected to forced labor. On September 9, 1942, the German gendarmerie and the Ukrainian police liquidated the ghetto. More than 1,500 Jews were killed in a grave.

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