Molyatichi | Mogilev

/ Rural ambiance © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Rural ambiance © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Nikolay B., born in 1926, saw the shooting of the Jews, hiding behind bushes  © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum On the memory of the soldiers killed by the Nazis in Moliatichi © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Molyatichi

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Field
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
200

Witness interview

Nikolay B. told us : “I followed the column at the beginning, until the river. There were some Jews who screamed, others were calm. A 90 year-old woman was beaten by Germans who wanted to know where she hid her gold. In the column, there was a trolley with weapons, machine guns and rifles. The mayor ordered the trolley returned. On another trolley were the mayor and the policemen”. (Witness N°643, interviewed in Molyatichi, on June 18, 2013).

Historical note

Molyatichi is located in the Krichev district. It was a shtetl before the war. A group of Jews left the village before the arrival of the Germans.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

According to Nikolay B. after being forced to leave their houses,  the Jews were gathered on Soviet territory and were forced to undress. According to some sources, between 70 and 122 Jews were killed in Molyatichi in November 1941. Nikolay B. after following the column, witnessed the shooting of the Jews. Jews were taken out of the column in groups of three before being shot. The younger Jews were taken in groups of four. The Jews had to stand facing the grave and were shot with a bullet in the back. Some children were thrown alive in the grave. There were nine shooters: six Germans and three local policemen, who used machine guns. According to Nikolay B., one week after the shooting, the Germans organized a auction to sell the Jews’ belongings.

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