Novoyelnya | Grodno

/ Maria A. remembers that the Jews had to wear a yellow star very soon after the German invasion © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Vera L. remembers the ghetto was surrounded with barbed wire © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Yahad team conducting an interview © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Novoyelnya

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Near the railway station
Memorials :
No
Period of occupation:
1941-1944

Witness interview

Vera N. evokes: "There was a clay mine in the field. In 1942, we were told that the Germans shot the Jews there. We found some bones. The bodies were probably dug up after the event. Four people were killed in all. But the main mass shooting took place at the Jewish cemetery." (Witness N°336, interviewed in May, 2010)

Historical note

Novoyelnya is a small city situated 60 kilometers northwest of Baranovichi. Before the war, it seems that the majority of the inhabitants were Jewish. The city was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

Little is known about the events regarding the holocaust in Novoyelnya. A small, enclosed ghetto was established in some houses a few months after the arrival of the Germans. The ghetto was liquidated in spring 1942. The Jews had been shot near the train station or at the Jewish cemetery.

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