2 Execution site(s)
Artemia T. evokes: "During the shooting, 10 groups of 10 people were lined up, the tenth group survived and were able to return to the ghetto. The mass graves were dug the day before by people requisitioned by the soltys. The mass grave was very long and was not completely filled up." (Witness N°331, interviewed in May, 2010)
"[The Jews] were gathered in the ghetto. Then, they were transported outside Dyatlovo, towards Novogudok. Later, people learned that they had been shot. […] The Germans took more than 1,000 Jews to the ghetto. The Jew’s things were plundered." [Act of the Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, RG-22.002M.7021-81/106]
Dyatlovo is a city situated 60 kilometers northwest of Baranovichi. Before the war, two-thirds of the total population was Jewish. The city was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.
An enclosed ghetto was created in September 1941. It was made of houses, and situated on the right bank of the river. According to Shifra Zh. interviewed by Yahad In-Unum, a Jewish survivor who escaped the ghetto through a tunnel, bartering was widespread within the ghetto. The ghetto was liquidated in 2 phases. After a selection process, 2,800 Jews were shot in Kurpiesze forest on April 30, 1942. Then 3,000Jews were shot in August 1942 in the Jewish cemetery.
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