Dyatlovo (Dzyatlava, Dyatel) | Grodno

Dyatlovo before the war. ©public domain / Market place in Dyatlovo. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum The former synagogue building. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum The Yahad team recording an interview at the killing site at the old Jewish cemetery in Dyatlovo. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum Shifra Zh. is Jewish and she remembers having to move into the ghetto. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum Artemia T. remembers the Germans burning the ghetto after its liquidation. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum Mass grave containing Jewish victims in the Kurpiesze forest. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum The Yahad team with a witness in the local park during the interview. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum

Execution of Jews in Dyatlovo

2 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Forest/Jewish cemetery
Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Artemia T.: "During the shooting, 10 groups of 10 people were lined up, the tenth group survived and were able to return to the ghetto. The mass graves were dug the day before by people requisitioned by the soltys. The mass grave was very long and was not completely filled in." (Witness N°331, interviewed in May, 2010)

Soviet archives

"[The Jews] were gathered in the ghetto. They were later transported outside Dyatlovo, towards Novogudok. People learned later that they had been shot. […] The Germans interned more than 1,000 Jews in the ghetto. The Jew’s belongings were plundered." [Act of the Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, RG-22.002M.7021-81/106]

Historical note

Dyatlovo is a city situated 60km northwest of Baranovichi. Before the war, two-thirds of the total population was Jewish. The city was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

An enclosed ghetto was created in September 1941. It was made of houses, and situated on the right bank of the river. According to Shifra Zh., a Jewish survivor who escaped the ghetto through a tunnel interviewed by Yahad In - Unum, bartering was widespread within the ghetto. The ghetto was liquidated in 2 phases. After a selection process, 2,800 Jews were shot in Kurpiesze forest on April 30, 1942. 3,000 Jews were later shot in August 1942 in the Jewish cemetery.


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