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Grigori Ivanovich T.explains:
"YIU: Did the Jews stay in the ghetto for a long time?
W: Approximately one year.
YIU: Then what happened?
W: I do not know who gave the order, but forty Ukrainian men were requisitioned to dig a pit. Then the Jews were told to gather in a place where policemen then surrounded them and took them to the place of the shooting. You know, there were not many German soldiers here, there were five I believe, but the policemen were numerous." (Witness N°1443, interviewed in Vyshnivka, on April 25, 2012).
Opalin is located in northwestern Ukraine, on the Bug River, 24 kilometers west- northwest of Luboml. According to the 1921 census, 516 Jews lived in the village.
Opalin was occupied in June 1941 by German units. Uhde was the Gebietskommissar of Luboml. Anti-semitic measures began in September 1941. The Jews were resettled in a ghetto at the end of 1941. The ghetto was liquidated on October 2, 1942. 582 Jews were gathered by Germans and Ukrainians in the Jewish cemetery where a pit had been dug. They were shot inside it.
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