Prokhid | Volyn

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Execution of the Ratne Jews in Prokhid

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Strip of forest
Period of occupation:
Number of victims:
About 1,000

Witness interview

Yela S. evokes: “From Ratne, they were taken in trucks to the forest. The trucks stopped about 100m from the pit and the [Jews] were forced to run towards the pit. They ran in two toward the big pit. Then, they positioned themselves at the edge of the pit and were shot. A German with a submachine gun remained standing 5m away from the pit. They requisitioned a dozen local people to dig the pit.” (Eyewitness N°469, interviewed in Prokhid, on April 04, 2007)

Historical note

Prokhid is located about 50 km (31 miles) north of Kovel at direction of Brest. The village was occupied by Germans at the end of June 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The first anti-Jewish actions started at the end of summer beginning of autumn 1941. All Jews were forced to wear distinguishing badges. They were subjected to forced labor, assaults and robbery. On August 25 or 26, over 1,000 Jews vbrought from Ratne were shot to death

For further information about the mass killings in Ratne, please,  refer to the correponding profile.

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