Polykovichi (Palykovichi) | Mogilev

/ To go to the killing site the Jews passed by this road © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Sergey P., born in 1928, describing the shooting scene © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Yahad’s research team with the witness on the ground © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Monument to the Jewish victims © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Polykovichi

1 Execution site(s)

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Witness interview

Sergey P. recalls: “Closed metal trucks arrived and stopped next to these big graves. The doors were opened, blue smog came out of the truck. There were a lot of dead, naked corpses inside. The Germans wore green uniforms. There were some local policemen and some foreign policemen. They wore a white armband." (Eyewitness N°613, interviewed in Polykovichi, on April 30, 2012)

Soviet archives

In the village of Polykovichi, Mogilev region, German monsters burned and buried alive massively the Soviet citizens. Here is what a witness says: in the spring of 1943, I was ordered by Germans to dig a pit. As it was ready, two trucks full of children aged from 3 to 12 arrived. The Germans threw them alive in the pit, shot them dead and covered the pit, although around sixty children were buried alive.” [Report of the Soviet extraordinary commission, drawn up in 1944; RG22.022M/7021-88/50]

Historical note

Polykovichi is a small farm village first mentioned in 1501. It is famous for its well with healing water.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The execution was carried out by the German security police and local Auxiliary police. The Jews were slaughtered in forest of Bezvoditsa. [no more information available]

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