Sitnya | Gomel

The location of the mass shooting of Jews from Sitnya.   ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad - In Unum

Execution of Jews in Sitnya

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Soviet archives

"In September 1941, four Germans from Kalinkovichi came to the village. One of them was wearing a gendarme’s uniform. Assisted by the starost of the village, they rounded up the entire Jewish population of the village and took them, at gunpoint, towards the edge of a forest near the village, where they were shot. About 18 Soviet citizens, completely innocent, elderly and children, died. The German executioners shot them in the back, in the nape of the neck, using explosive bullets. Bodies fell in the pit in a mess. People were shot one by one. After the shooting, the Germans plundered the houses of the Jews." [Act of The Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, RG-22.002M. 7021-91-15]

Historical note

Sitnya is a very small village situated 5 km north of Gomel. A few Jewish families were living in the village before the war. The village was occupied by German forces during summer of 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

18 local Jews were shot by Germans and local policemen in the Sitnya forest in September 1941.

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