1 Execution site(s)
Veronika K., born in 1928 : “Y.U.: Were they all shot at the same place?
Witness: No. One in the back of a kitchen garden, another one in the bushes.
Y.U.: And when you saw, where was it?
Witness: I saw it.
Translator: Where was it?
Witness: It was in Sudilovichi.
Translator: Where, precisely? What place in Sudilovichi?
Witness: There, at the edge of the village. They were taken to the edge of the village, and they were shot there.
Y.U.: In the forest?
Witness: No! Right near the bushes.
Witness: Then, we fled and hid by the Russian stove inside the house.
Y.U.: Was the site near the road?
Witness: No, not on the road. They went to the bushes. No one looked for them and no one found them. They were buried there; they rest there. The bushes grew, and that’s all.
Witness: Where were they from?! They were brought in trucks and shot.
Translator: Were these people from Sudilovich, or were they brought from somewhere else?
Witness: They were brought from somewhere.
Witness: I don’t know from where the Germans with the metal signs brought them from. I remember they came in our house and asked for shovels. That was all. ” (Witness n°1042B, interviewed in Osintorf, on November 1st, 2019)
Sudilovichi is located in the Vitebsk region, 7 kilometers away from Osintorf and 80km (50 mi) southeast of Vitebsk. According to local residents, there were no Jews living in the village on regular basis before WWII. The majority of Jews lived in the nearby town of Dubrovno which was located 14km away. The area is known for its peat deposits. In the 1920s it became an industrial region where many people from all over the Soviet Union were displaced to work on the peat extraction.
Sudilovichi was occupied by the Germans in the mid-July 1941. As a result of the field research, Yahad-In Unum identified the execution site of an isolated killing. The victim was a Jewish blacksmith, who came from another town or village nearby to hide. It was impossible to establish when he was killed, but probably in the spring of 1942, when the majority of the mass shootings in this area were conducted. For instance the artisans from Dubrovno were executed in March 1942. Today, the site remains without any marker.
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