1 Execution site(s)
Vladimir S., born in 1936: “In summer, the Jews who lived in Sergievskoye were locked up in a pigsty. The doors were locked and windows were nailed up. I saw the faces of men looking through the holes, but I didn’t see the guards. The Jews were not given food, so my friends and I gave turnips to the detainees through the gaps in the nailed up windows. The Jews had nothing to give us in exchange. They stayed there for about a week, and then they disappeared.” (Witness n°738, interviewed in Sergievskoye on September 13, 2017)
“During the occupation, I witnessed the following crimes: On October 5, 1942, a group of German soldiers arrived. Under the kommanndant’s order, all the Jews, in all 92 people, who lived in the kolkhoz “Bolshevik” were put in wagons and taken away. One of the women told me “Goodbye Dusia [diminutive of Evdokiia], we are being taken to the slaughterhouse”. They were all taken to the Klub in Sergievskoye village. After a while, a truck arrived. The men were forced in and taken somewhere to dig a pit. A little bit later, a second truck arrived to take the women and children. The same woman repeated to me “goodbye, we are being taken to the slaughterhouse”. Once the people from the second truck were shot, it returned to pick up the last ones.
All the victims were shot not far from the river, at the foot of a hill. The belongings of the 92 victims of the shooting were loaded into trucks and carts. The worthless objects remained in the victims’ houses.” [Deposition of Evdokiia Z., born in 1908, given to the State extraordinary commission (ChGK); RG 22.002M:7021-16-7]
Sergievskoye is located 34 km north east of Maikop. According to the local villager interviewed by Yahad-In Unum, Russians, Ukrainians and Cossacks lived in the town before the war. There were no Jews. Three kolkhozes called “Bolshevik”, “Selmach” and “Mirovoi” operated in the village. At the outbreak of WWII many Jewish refugees arrived to the town. They were accommodated by the locals in their houses. Sergievskoye was occupied in early August, 1942.
The field research carried out by Yahad-In Unum has allowed us to confirm the information about 92 Jewish refugees murdered on October 5, 1942. The Jewish men were brought to the execution site by truck and were forced to dig the pit. Once the pit was dug, the remaining Jews, mostly women and children, were brought to the execution site. The Jews were lined up at the edge of the pit and shot. According to two of the witnesses prior to the execution the Jews were confined in a building (according to one of them it was a pigsty, and according to the other a former premises of the church).
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