Hîncăuţi (Ginkautsi, Ginkautsy, Ghincăuţi) | Edineț

/ The place of the mass killing © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum Ion G., born in 1928 © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum Yahad-In Unum’s team headed by Patrice Bensimon during the interview © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum Maria J., born in 1932 © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum A monument to the Jewish victims © Victoria Bahr - Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Hîncăuţi

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Arable field
Memorials :
Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Maria recalls: "I saw Jews working on the road while my mother and I went to visit my grandparents in another village. I think there were about fifty working on the road because it was completed in a short time. There were only men. They had to crush big stones, and then they took the little stones and paved the road. But it was hard as they worked barefoot. They were watched by a dozen armed soldiers in green uniforms." (Witness N°72, interviewed in Hîncăuţi, on May 10, 2013)

Soviet archives

"Between the 7th and 9th of December, 1944, the Commission examined the witness depositions, declarations and the crime scenes of the Romanian and German occupiers. It discovered two mass graves: the bigger one was about 200m north of the village of Hîncăuţi, Edinet district, and another smaller one was 500m south-west of the village. In the first grave fifteen decomposed bodies were found. The bodies were identified by the relatives as they were not all decomposed due to the nature of clay soil. The bullet traces were visible. In another grave…[illegible] bodies were found. They could not be identified, as they were almost totally decomposed." [Act N°2 of the Soviet extraordinary commission drawn up on December 19, 1944; RG-22.002M.7021-96]

Historical note

Hîncăuţi is located about 21 km north of Edineț.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The day after the Romanian army had arrived, 47 people were shot in Hîncăuţi, in two mass graves, in one of which there remained the dead bodies of 15 Jewish victims. [No more information available]


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