1 Execution site(s)
Vasiliy S., born in 1931, interviewed by Yahad:
YIU: " Were you in the village during the arrest?
Vasiliy S.: About one hundred heavily armed Germans arrived in the village to arrest the Jewish men. I was in the nearby village taking care of the cows. My mother would not let me go any closer. I was just a child. I heard that the Jews were killed in Budki, so we went to see. At the time it was a clearing, covered by bushes. It is not far from the road. I saw the pit; it was not very big. A small mound of earth covered the grave." (Witness N°588, interviwed in Golovchin, on April 21, 2012).
Around 70 Jews lived in Golovchin at the outbreak of war. Most of them were tailors, shoemakers, blacksmiths, and traders. There were two synagogues.
When the Germans arrived, the Jews were forced to work on the road. In October 1941, around 19 Jewish men were shot in Golovchin. The other Jews were sent to another ghetto, probably in Belynichi. [For more information about execution of Jews in Belynichi please check the village’s profile.]
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