Stodolishche | Smolensk

A group portrait made on June 1, 1940 in Stodolishche. © Taken from A secondary school class photo, Stodolishche. © Taken from / Location of the execution site of the Jewish victims ©Nicolas Tkatchouk –Yahad-In Unum Maria M. remembered that the Germans ordered the Jewish citizens to clear the snow during winter ©Nicolas Tkatchouk –Yahad-In Unum TMikhail T. was a child during the war. He remembered that he played war games with his friends to imitate the soldiers ©Nicolas Tkatchouk –Yahad-In Unum Yahad team on the field with the witness ©Nicolas Tkatchouk –Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Stodolishche

2 Execution site(s)

Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Antonina K. evokes: "There were Vlassovs all during the war. Only young men, about thirty years-old. I saw them training through the slit of a door their training: on command, they climbed up, lay down, stood up and so forth. They had their own kitchen: we gave them apples, sweets." (Witness N°74, interviewed in Stodolishche, on December 6, 2009).

Historical note

Stodolishche is located 76 kilometers  southeast of Smolensk on the railroad from Smolensk to Briansk. According to the 1939 census, there were 232 Jews in Stodolishche.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

German units of Army Group Center occupied the village on July 19, 1941. Shortly after the occupation of the village, in late July and early August 1941, the German Ortskommandantur appointed a community leader (starosta) of Stodolishche and ordered the local administration to register the Jews. Some of the Jews were sent to forced labor camps, the rest in a ghetto. The ghetto was liquidated in May 1942.

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