Pechishchi | Gomel

/ Ambiance in Pechishchi. The railroad is located not far from the village© Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum The synagogue of Pechishchi    © Aleksey Kasyanov  - Yahad-In Unum Yahad translator is looking for the witnesses in Pechishchi ©   Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Anna D., born in 1936, emotionally recalls the shooting of the Jews. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Anna D, born in 1936, on the road where she saw the column of Jews    © Aleksey Kasyanov  - Yahad-In Unum The road that the Jews were forced to take before the shooting  in Pechishchi    © Aleksey Kasyanov  - Yahad-In Unum The mass shooting place of the Jews from Pechishchi     © Aleksey Kasyanov  - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Pechishchi

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Garden
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
Around 80-120

Witness interview

Anna D., born in 1936, recounts: “One morning when it was cold, my mother arrived in tears, saying that she wanted to place a pillow on her ears. We looked through the window and saw the Jews arriving in a column, escorted by policemen dressed in civilian clothes. It looked like a big crowd." (Witness Eyewitness N°836, interviewed in Pechishchi, on September 19, 2014).

Historical note

Pechishchi is a very small village west of the city of Gomel. Before the war, there were few Belarusian families who lived there. There was a Jewish kolkhoze named Kampf, with more than 100 Jewish employees. The Jews also used to attend the synagogue, which was made out of brick. The village was occupied by German troops during the summer of 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

According to the historical sources, little is known regarding the fate of the Jews. But thanks to the oral testimony collected by Yahad, it was possible to determine the basic circumstances of what happened to them during the war.

At the beginning of the German occupation, the kolkhoze was disbanded, but Jews were allowed to remain living in their own houses.

On February 10, 1942, a German punitive kommando invaded the village and gathered all the Jews and drove them to a garden, where they were shot. The corpses remained on the ground for a few days. They were then buried by local villagers in the closest forest.

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