Sernyky | Rivne

/ The mass garve of Jewish victims in Sernyky © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum Sergiy P., born in 1937 © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum Pavlo P., born in 1924 © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum Frather Desbois with witness make the scheme of the mass grave © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum The Star of David found near the mass grave © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Sernyky

2 Execution site(s)

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

Witness interview

Papel P. speaks: "The Germans came from Vysotsk, an administrative center, and ordered the pit to be dug. They requisitioned about twenty people, even more. We were told to bring shovels. A German measured the size with his steps and put down rods to define the size. The pit was 3 meters deep. We worked this way, some threw the ground at the edge of the pit and others put it aside. We were not told but we suspected that the pit was being prepared for the Jews. Because there were a lot of us, we dug it in one day." (Eyewitness N°545, met in Sernyky, on January 02, 2008)

Historical note

Sernyky is a village situated close to the border with Belarus, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Pinsk. Before the war there were 987 living Jews. It was occupied by German forces in July 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The Jews were subjected to humiliation, force labor and executions. In August, more than 100 Jewish men were shot by German forces on the Jewish cemetery. By April 1942, a ghetto fenced by barbered wire was established. The liquidation of ghetto took place in September 1942, when 850 Jews were murdered.

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