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“After forensic examination, it seems that all the people buried were shot by the Germans in 1942. There are women and children among them. The majority of the bodies display a gunshot wound to the skull, consequently indicating they were all executed with guns.” [Act of The Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, on September 28, 1944, RG-22.002M Reel 24 Part III p.253]
Urechye is a small city located 107 kilometers southeast of Minsk. According to the 1939 census, there were 979 Jews living there, making up 17,5 % of the total population. The town was occupied by German troops on June 28, 1941.
At the end of 1941, a ghetto was created on Talskaya Street. It was guarded by Germans and local policemen. On May 9, 1942, a selection was conducted. 120 craftsmen were set apart. The remaining Jews, around 715 persons, composed mainly of the elderly, women, and children were shot in 2 pits at the edge of a forest, 3 km north of the city, by the Germans and their local collaborators. Two days later, another 40 Jews who had been in hiding were shot at the same location. Later in 1942, the craftmen were shot in a ditch near the airfield, by the German gendarmerie and local policemen.
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