Verkhovye/Ruba | Vitebsk

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Execution of Jews in Verkhovye/Ruba

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Sand quarry
Memorials :
No
Period of occupation:
1941-1943
Witnesses interviewed :
1

Witness interview

Dimitriy G.: "Right after they arrived, the Germans came with a truck and a machine gun. They gathered all the inhabitants of the village, in the center of Verkhovye. They demanded to know if there were any communists, Komsomols, or Jews. The Jews, maybe 18 of them, left the crowd and went with the Germans. The Germans also took two Komsomols. The Germans ordered the other villagers to leave. I then hid in the bushes and saw how the Germans shot all the Jews in a pit in the forest, in a sand quarry." (Witness N°508, interviewed in June 2011)

Historical note

Verkhovye was a small village 10 kilometers north of Vitebsk, along the Dvina River. Today, it is part of the larger village of Ruba. The village was under German occupation from 1941 to 1943.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

On June 13, 1942, Germans began a punitive action against the village as part of an anti-partisan action. Having gathered all the inhabitants in the village square, the Germans selected 18 Jews, lined them up at the edge of a sand pit, and killed them. They also killed several communists.

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