Ivenets (Ivyanets) | Minsk

Sofia T.’s school photo. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum / The former synagoge in Ivenets. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum Elvira M. remembers that the Jews moved into the ghetto with very few belongings. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum Sofia T. remembers her Jewish school mates before the war. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum Yosip L. remembers the trucks taking the Jews to the shooting. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum The Yahad team conducting an interview. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum The mass shooting site in Ivenets. ©Nicolas Tkatchouk/Yahad - In Unum

Execution of Jews in Ivenets

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before :
Forest
Memorials :
Yes
Period of occupation:
1941-1944
Number of victims :
900

Witness interview

Elvira M.: "During the first shooting, I was at home. Local men were requisitioned to fill the ditch in, they said that the earth was still moving afterwards. I could hear gunfire and lots of crying. Everybody was afraid." (Witness N°431, interviewed in April 2011)

Soviet archives

"The Germans surrounded the house of a Jewish man. I heard some shots fired by the policemen. Suddenly, I saw smoke coming from the house, the policemen had set the house on fire.” [Act of the Soviet Extraordinary Commission, RG 22.022M/7021-81/106]

Historical note

Ivenets is a small town located 56 kilometers west of Minsk. In 1941, there were probably around 1,200 Jews residing in the district center. The place was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

On September 5, 1941, 50 Jewish men were shot for failing to comply with German orders. On November, 1941, the German authorities established an enclosed ghetto in Ivenets. The ghetto was located on two very narrow streets, Mill and Shulhof. The ghetto also housed Jews from surrounding villages. Over the course of 1942, the Jews were selected and sent to other ghettos, such as Novogrudok ghetto. The Germans liquidated the remaining Jews from the Ivenets ghetto on June 9, 1942. Circa. 800 victims were shot in a pit in a forest.

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