Rudkovshchina | Mogilev

/ Nice landscape in Rudkovshchina © Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad-In Unum Vladimir S., born in 1925, was an eyewitness to the shooting of the Jews. © Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad – In Unum Yahad’s team leader with the witness on the execution site © Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad-In Unum During the interview © Aleksey Kasyanov – Yahad-In Unum

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Executions of Jews in Rudkovshchina

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Near the forest
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
30

Witness interview

Vladimir S. recalls: “The shooting took place during the summer, it was hot. There were bushes near the execution site. The Jews arrived one by one near the grave, and they received a bullet in the head. All was quiet. A well-dressed woman with a little 2 year-old girl fell in the grave but the little girl wasn’t shot. One of the boys of the village had to put the corpses in order in the grave.” (Witness N°650, interviewed in Rudkovshchina, on June 20, 2013).

Historical note

According to some sources, there were around 100 Jews in the village upon the arrival of the Germans in summer 1941. The Jews were merchants or artisans. 

Holocaust by bullets in figures

At the end of February 1943, the Jews of the village were rounded up by the Germans and local policemen. According to Vladimir S. (Witness N°650), the Jews were gathered in a big house (an old maternity hospital) about 500 meters from the Maslaki road. According to Soviet sources, they were taken to the execution site on carts or on foot. The grave was located near a forest, 500 meters from the village. The Jews had to come one by one to the grave and were shot with a bullet in the head.

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