Turets | Grodno

/ One of the few tombstones remaining in the Jewish cemetery    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Mikhail V. remembers that the Jews had to gather regularly atthe village square to pay contributions    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Pavel M. remembers that after the shootings, Jewish houses were plundered by locals    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Pavel K. remembers that after the shooting, clothes were taken in a house to be sorted out    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Lidia S. remembers that after the war, Jews came back to the village and asked for their houses    © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Pavel K. leading Yahad team to the execution site     © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum Yahad team and Pavel K. at the mass shooting site of the Turets Jews     © Nicolas Tkatchouk - Yahad-In Unum

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Execution of Jews in Turets

1 Execution site(s)

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

Witness interview

Pavel M. evokes: "The Jews had to undress about 30m away from the pit. Then, they ran towards the pit, one by one, to be shot… the pit was very big. The shooting lasted for about one hour." (Witness N°296, interviewed in April, 2010)

Soviet archives

"The Germans ordered all Jews to gather at the main market square. The head of the police force in charge of the action chose 103 men among the assembled Jews and sent them to a forced labour camp in Novy Sverzhen. All the others were taken to the cemetery and shot." [Deposition of Ura I., trader, RG-22.002M/7021-86/38]

German archives

"After these expeditions, the Jews of Stolptse learned that hundreds of Jews from Turets, Kletsk, Nyesviez, Mir, Gorodye, Svyerna and other places had been killed." [Deposition of Joel M. in February, 1962, B162-6945]

Historical note

Turets is a village situated about 90 km southwest of Minsk. Before the war, half of the village population was Jewish. There were also a significant number of Jewish refugees from western Poland. The village was under German occupation between 1941 and 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The Jewish population of the village was gathered in autumn 1941, and 40 to 70 people were selected. These people were shot in a pit situated in the Jewish cemetery.
Approximately 1 month later, the rest of the Jewish population was once again gathered. Specialists were selected to be sent to the labor camp of Novy Sverzhen. The rest of the population was shot in the Jewish cemetery. The Jews were shot in a very long pit, next to the previous one. Then for several days, hidden Jews were also killed in a third pit.

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