Prudok | Mogilev

During the interview on the site © Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad – In Unum At the end of the interview © Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad – In Unum Anna V., born in 1926, saw how a young man managed to escape from the shooting and how he was then shot by the Germans @ Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad – In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Prudok

1 Execution site(s)

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

Witness interview

Anna V. recalls: “Sometimes, I saw a truck or two. Partisans, Jews and Gypsies were shot. The shooting took place very often, mostly during the evening. I didn’t go near the execution site, but I could hear the shootings from far away. I didn’t see everything. One time a German cracked a whip. There were sometimes some policemen among the perpetrators.” (Witness N°641, interviewed in Krichev, on June 15, 2013).

Soviet archives

“At the end of January 1942, the Germans brought a group of 23 Soviet civilians in cars to the location of the execution near Prudok. Men, women and children were among them. There were 6 infants that the Germans snatched from their mothers and threw alive in the graves; all the other people were shot and buried.” [Act drawn by the Soviet Extraordinary Commission made on June 1944, RG22.022M/7021-88/41].

Historical note

Prudok is located 130 kilometers away from Moguilev. The Jews were merchants or artisans.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

According to Yahad’s investigation, there were several shootings in the village. Anna V. (Witness N°641, interviewed in Prudok, on June 18, 2013) often saw trucks coming to the shooting, which took place in the forest. Occasionally, there were one or two trucks. Jews, Gypsies and partisans were shot. Shootings happened very frequently, most of the time during the evening. Anna could see the shootings from some distance away. There were also sometimes local policemen among the perpetrators. After the shootings, she went to the execution site with other locals to fill in the graves with dirt. These shootings lasted throughout the entire occupation. As written in other sources, 8 Jews from Prudok were shot by the Germans in February 1943. We have no more information on other killings in Prudok, but a monument there states that 1,200 victims were killed between 1941 and 1943. It is possible that some Jews from Krichev were shot in Prudok.

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