Dyatlovo (Dzyatlava, Dyatel) | Grodno

Execution of Jews in Dyatlovo

2 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Forest/Jewish cemetery
Memorials :
Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Artemia T.: "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 in." (Witness N°331, interviewed in May, 2010)

Soviet archives

"[The Jews] were gathered in the ghetto. They were later transported outside Dyatlovo, towards Novogudok. People learned later that they had been shot. […] The Germans interned more than 1,000 Jews in the ghetto. The Jew’s belongings were plundered." [Act of the Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, RG-22.002M.7021-81/106]

Historical note

Dyatlovo is a city situated 60km northwest of Baranovichi. Before the war, two-thirds of the total population was Jewish. The city was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

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., a Jewish survivor who escaped the ghetto through a tunnel interviewed by Yahad In - Unum, 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. 3,000 Jews were later shot in August 1942 in the Jewish cemetery.


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