Svisloch | Grodno

/ Ievguenia M. remembered hearing the Jews being shot in the forest    © David Merlin-Dufey - Yahad-In Unum The mass shooting site of the Svisloch Jews     © David Merlin-Dufey - Yahad-In Unum Ambiance    © David Merlin-Dufey - Yahad-In Unum Danuta S. recalled that her father worked for the Jews    © David Merlin-Dufey - Yahad-In Unum Ivan S. recounted that he saw a Jew beaten by the Germans in the street    © David Merlin-Dufey - Yahad-In Unum Former synagogue in Golobudy    © David Merlin-Dufey - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Svisloch

1 Execution site(s)

Investigated by Yahad :
2010
Kind of place before :
Forest
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944

Witness interview

Danuta S. (N°415): " The people who were shooting the Jews, first had to drink alcohol to be able to bear it." (Witness N°415 interviewed in December 2010)

Historical note

Svisloch is a small city located 70 kilometers south of Grodno. In 1939, there were around 3,000 Jews living in Svisloch, along with refugees from western Poland who had settled there after the invasion of Poland.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

In July 1941, a ghetto was established in the old Jewish neighborhood, in the northwest of Svisloch. In that area, Jews were also gathered from the village of Golobudy. It was an open ghetto, and the western border of the ghetto’s territory ran near the Svisloch River. On November 2, 1942, the ghetto was liquidated when the Jews were sent by train to the Volkovysk transit camp.

The remaining Jews, mostly elderly and sick, were killed in the Visnik Forest, just outside Svisloch. Ivan S., interviewed by Yahad In-Unum’s team, remembered that the shooting lasted for several hours. His father was requisitioned to fill in the pit after the shooting.

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