Corjova (Korzhevo, Korzhovo, Korzheva) | Dubăsari

/ Ila V., born in 1934, remembered when a German shooter called him to bring the grapes he was about to gather. © Victoria Bahr /Yahad-In Unum Due to favorable weather, there are lots of vine yards in the region. © Victoria Bahr /Yahad-In Unum Yahad’s team during the interview at the witness’ houses. © Victoria Bahr /Yahad-In Unum The ravine where the Jews had been shot. According to the witness they were about 300. Today it is a dump. © Victoria Bahr /Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Corjova

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Period of occupation:
Number of victims:
Around 20-30

Witness interview

Ilia V., born in 1934, remembers: “It was in the early fall, in September, because the grapes were ready to harvest. I was in the vineyard gathering the grapes, when, suddenly, I saw a column of about 300 Jews being taken to the ravine. There were women, men, children, everyone, - entire families. They spoke Jewish languages between them, that is how I knew that they were Jews. When the Germans saw me, they ordered me to come closer and to give them the grapes. I came and put the basket near the shooter who put down with the machine gun. He was shooting and eating at the same time. I got scared and run away.” (Eyewitness n°117, interviewed in Cocieri, on August 13, 2013)

Soviet archives

“We undersigned, the members of the commission […] opened a mass grave located 1,5km north from the village of Corjova, in a big ravine where an execution of Soviet citizens took place in September 1941. Once the mass grave was opened, the Soviet commission recorded: 17 male corpses, 1 female corps and one corps of a child aged 12 years old. After exhumation, ten corpses were identified. They were from the villages of Mahala, Molovato and Rogni.” [Act of Soviet Extraordinary Commission, drawn up on October 17, 1944 in Magala; 22.002M.7021-96/96]

Historical note

Corjova is a village located on the eastern bank of the River Dniester, about 50km north-east from Chisinau. It consists of two villages, Corjova and Mahala. According to the census in 1924 1,548 Jews lived in the village.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

Little is known about the fate of local Jews from Corjova. From the archives, we know that about 19 Jews from the nearby villages Mahala, Molovato and Rogni, were shot in Corjova in September 1941. However the eyewitness to the shooting, interviewed by Yahad stated that he saw about 300 Jews being killed by Germans. The column of Jews was marched until the ravine. Once lined up at the edge of the ravine several Germans fired at them with sub machine gun. There was a German officer who gave orders to shoot. There were men, women, children and elderly people.


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