Sitnya | Gomel

The location of the mass shooting of Jews from Sitnya.   © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Sitnya

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Soviet archives

«In September, 1941, four Germans from Kalinkovichi arrived at the village. One of them was wearing a gendarme uniform. Helped by the starost of the village, they gathered the entire Jewish population of the village of Sitnya, then brought them at gunpoint towards the edge of a forest near the village of Sitnya, where they were shot. About 18 Soviet citizens completely innocent, elderly and children, died. The German executioners shot them in the back, in the nape of the neck, using explosive bullets. Bodies fell in the pit in a mess. People were shot one by one. After the shooting, the Germans plundered the houses of the Jews. » [Act of The Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, RG-22.002M. 7021-91-15]

Historical note

Sitnya is a very small village situated 5 km north of Gomel. A few Jewish families were living in the village before the war. The village was occupied by German forces during summer 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

18 local Jews were shot by Germans and local policemen in the Sitnya forest on September, 1941.

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