1 Execution site(s)
Wladyslaw L., born in 1922, recalls:”I saw them from about one kilometer away. I was at the edge of the forest, there were a few of us watching. The trucks were coming one after another. The Jews were pushed into the pit and then they were shot. Even when the pit was covered, the soil was still moving. At the very end, the Germans poured some liquid over the pit and the grave caved in. But we couldn’t get any closer, the Germans didn’t let anyone pass.” (Eyewitness N°309, interviewed in Maly Plock, on May 10, 2014)
Court inquiries about executions and mass graves
1. Date and place of execution: forest near Msciwuje village; 1941;
2. Type of execution (shooting, hanging or other): shooting;
3. Personal data of the executed victims (Polish, Jews, other nationalities): Jews;
Number of executed victims: about 4000 people;
Origin of the victims: village of Maly Plock, Stawisk, Kolna and Lomza;
(Deposition of Franciszek B.,45 years old; RG-15.019M Reel#1)
Maly Plock is village in Kolo county, in north-eastern Poland, in the Podlaskie Voivodeship. In 1921, 8, 2% of the whole Kolo county population was Jewish. There were about ten Jewish families in Maly Plock before World War II. They were mainly traders.
When the war broke out, all the Jews from Maly Plock; as well as from nearby towns and villages such as Stawiski, Kolno, Lomza, etc. were gathered in a school building in Katy. Soon after, they were taken in trucks to Msciwuje, where they were shot and buried in a large anti-tank trench. The mass shootings of Jews from Kolno county lasted for several days. According to the archives, more than 4,000 Jews were shot in Msciwuje.
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