1 Execution site(s)
Zineida S. recalls: "So, against my will, by pure coincidence, I found myself walking in the column with the Jews who were going to be taken to be shot. My Jewish friend’s mother told me to escape. So I hid at the corner of the road, close to the lake." (Witness N°167, interviewed in Sebezh, on June 1, 2011).
Sebezh is located 130 kilometers west-southwest of Velikie Luki on the main railroad from Moscow to Riga. According to the 1939 population census, there were 845 Jews living in Sebezh.
The SS Division “Totenkopf” arrived in the town on July 7, 1941. Lots of Jews managed to escape during this period. During the entire occupation, which lasted from July 1941 to July 1944, there was a Ortskommandantur in the town. There was a Ordnungsdienst too. A ghetto was created in September 1941 and existed until March 1942. After that, it was liquidated. During the liquidation, more than 100 Jews were shot in pits. The perpetrators of the shooting were local Russian policemen.
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