1 Execution site(s)
Pavel M. evokes: "The Jews had to undress about 30m away from the pit. Then, they ran towards the pit, one by one, to be shot… the pit was very big. The shooting lasted for about one hour." (Witness N°296, interviewed in April, 2010)
"The Germans ordered all Jews to gather at the main market square. The head of the police force in charge of the action chose 103 men among the assembled Jews and sent them to a forced labour camp in Novy Sverzhen. All the others were taken to the cemetery and shot." [Deposition of Ura I., trader, RG-22.002M/7021-86/38]
"After these expeditions, the Jews of Stolptse learned that hundreds of Jews from Turets, Kletsk, Nyesviez, Mir, Gorodye, Svyerna and other places had been killed." [Deposition of Joel M. in February, 1962, B162-6945]
Turets is a village situated about 90 km southwest of Minsk. Before the war, half of the village population was Jewish. There were also a significant number of Jewish refugees from western Poland. The village was under German occupation between 1941 and 1944.
The Jewish population of the village was gathered in autumn 1941, and 40 to 70 people were selected. These people were shot in a pit situated in the Jewish cemetery.
Approximately 1 month later, the rest of the Jewish population was once again gathered. Specialists were selected to be sent to the labor camp of Novy Sverzhen. The rest of the population was shot in the Jewish cemetery. The Jews were shot in a very long pit, next to the previous one. Then for several days, hidden Jews were also killed in a third pit.
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