Tkhorivka (Tkhorovka) | Kyiv

Lidia L., born in 1927: "At the end of 1943, the police took us all to the church to burn us alive. I managed to escape and hide. However, the son of the landowner defended the people, saying that they were not guilty of anything."    ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad Nadia P., born in 1931: "One day, a truck full of people stopped in front of the house behind the school. They were all burned in the same house. Maria, a local woman, was also burned."    ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad – In Unum The Yahad team during an interview. ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad – In Unum Private house on the site of the old house where the 15 people were burned along with the owner, Maria.     ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad – In Unum

Execution of Jews and suspected partisans in Tkhorivka

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
House
Memorials:
No
Period of occupation:
1941 - 1943
Number of victims:
16

Witness interview

Lidia L., born in 1927: “The activists often met in Maria’s house, a local woman, because it was located in an advantageous place near the surrounding forests. But Maria’s neighbor denounced them. One day, the Germans brought 15 men in a car. The victims were burned in Maria’s house along with Maria herself.” (Witness n°2931U, interviewed in Tkhorivka on August 19, 2021)

Historical note

Tkhorivka is a small village in the Kyiv region, located 100 km (62 miles) southwest of the capital, in central Ukraine. Before the war, it was inhabited by only a few Ukrainian villagers. There was a Jewish community in the nearby town of Skvyra, 8 km (5 miles) northwest of the village, where in 1939, 20% of the total population was Jewish.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

On June 22, 1941, the German army and their allies began their invasion of the USSR. Tkhorivka was occupied in mid-July. The German authorities appointed a starosta and local police. In the summer of 1943, the Germans brought 15 men suspected of being partisans to the village. They were taken to the house of Maria, a local resident, where they used to have meetings. The suspects and the Ukrainian woman were all burned alive inside. Unfortunately during our field research we were unable to establish for sure if the victims were Jewish or not. At the end of 1943, as Soviet troops approached, the Germans had the entire local population gather in front of the village church. The villagers were saved from mass execution by the intervention of one of the main local landowners with the German authorities.

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