Motol | Brest

/ This is the execution site, located in the forest near the village of Osnovnitsa, where 1,400 Jewish men killed in two mass graves (four pits according to the archives) on August 2, 1941. Execution site n°1 ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad-In Unum According to the archives 1,500 women, elder people and children were killed at this place in 1942. It was located near the kolkhoz called "Gay". There is no memorial at this place. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad-In Unum Execution site, located near the village of Osovnitsa, where according to the witnesses about 500 women and children were executed on August 2, 1941.. Execution site n°2 © Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad-In Unum Execution site of 32 women, undocumented so far. The execution site is located in the town of Motol. There is no memorial on the site. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad-In Unum The picture of a Jewish school in Motol. FRom persona witness’ archive. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Motol and Osovnitsa

4 Execution site(s)

Memorials :
Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Witnesses interviewed: 1. (N°219, 220). Andrey K. (N°220): "No, the mass graves were not dug, they were not ready. They [the Jews] were shot standing, like they were in groups…and they fell down like this…A group was in one place, a second in another place, a third in another and like this, in a row[…]."

Soviet archives

"The Jewish men were told that they would be taken to another town for forced labor. However, they were taken to the village of Osovnitsa. Then, they were brought in groups to the field, located 500 meters east from the village. The Jews who were waiting their turn were ordered to sing. Once there, the men had to get undressed and were shot in the pits. During the shooting, all of the Jews were forced to kneel. Each pit measured 25 meters long, 3 meters large and 2 meters deep. On this day the Germans killed 1,400 men. " [RG22.022M/7021-90/27. ]

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