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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)
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.
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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