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Execution of Jews in Verkhnedvinsk

1 Execution site(s)

Investigated by Yahad :
2008
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Witnesses interviewed :
4

Witness interview

Witnesses interviewed: 4. (N°96, 97, 98, 99). Including two eyewitnesses. (N°96, 98). Guennadi Vassilievich O. (N°98): "Later, we saw… I personally say how trucks brought the Jews here. They were lined up at the edge of this pit. I saw the machine gun in action, the gun itself was at the side, and one couldn’t really see it. It was probably standing on the cemetery itself, because all of this happened between the cemetery and the river. And, afterwards, we saw army officers, armed with guns, kill the people. This, we saw."

Soviet archives

RG-22.002M/7021-92/213. "During the occupation, the extermination of civilians and the deportation to perform forced labour in Germany were planned carefully.
During the occupation, a total of 6584 were shot, tortured to death, burned alive or hanged. Over 8000 people were deported to perform forced labour. Thus, of the 42’062 inhabitants before the war, only 22’016 remained."

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