2 Execution site(s)
Abram V., a Jewish survivor: “We heard on the radio that the war had begun. Two days later, inhabitants began to flee. I left during the night of June 25-26 with my cousin and a friend. We took a train on a long journey. I went to Uzbekistan where I worked. I returned in 1946.” (Witness N°777, interviewed in Krasnaya Sloboda, on May 25, 2014)
Krasnaya Sloboda is a village situated 120km south of Minsk. In 1939, there were around 600 Jewish inhabitants. The place was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.
According to historical documents, little is known about the fate of the Jews during the German occupation. Thanks to the testimonies recorded by Yahad, it is possible to partially reconstruct what happened to the Jews of the village, even if the information is sometimes a bit contradictory.
The Jews of the village were gathered for a few days in the building of the cultural club. Some of them were killed and burned in the club by the Germans. Others were shot at two different sites, situated in fields outside of the village. One of the sites was a pit dug before the war for the construction of a bunker. According to local testimonies, the monument is not situated at the exact site of the shooting.
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