Sirotino | Vitebsk

/ Nadeja C. remembers she did save a Jewish woman who escaped in the forest    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Iefrossinia K. remembers she saw a Jewish partisan killed by the Germans    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Nadejda K. remembers that locals were requisitioned to fill the ravine after the Jews shooting    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Sirotino

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Ravine
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1943
Number of victims :
178

Witness interview

Dmitri D. : "One Jew from the camp was taken away to a field by a German on a horse sleigh. He tried to escape, but he got caught. The German shot him at the end of the main road at the entry to the village." (Witness N°487 interviewed in June, 2011)

Soviet archives

"During the occupation period, 493 people have been shot and hanged. Lots of them belonged to the Jewish population." [Act of the Soviet Extraodinary State Commission, RG-22.002M/7021-84/12]

Historical note

Sirotino is a village located about 45 kilometers  northwest of Vitebsk. In 1939, the Jewish population was about 300 people. The village was under German occupation from 1941 to 1943.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

After their arrival, the Germans forced old Jews to burn the Torah scrolls and other religious literature in front of the rest of the Jews, in order to humiliate them. In september 1941, about 30 or 40 Jewish mens were shot in a place between Sirotino and Shumilino. Then an open ghetto was created in 4 or 5 houses close to the Jewish cemetery.

On November 18, 1941, the ghetto was liquidated and the Jews killed in a ravine 2 kilometers outside of the village.

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