1 Execution site(s)
Sofia S., born in 1931: “The Jews were imprisoned in various houses in the village and had to wear special signs on their clothes. The entire village was surrounded with barbed wire, and watched by a guard in a high tower.” (Eyewitness N°753, interviewed in Zaostrovechye, on May 18, 2014)
Zaostrovechye is a village situated 120 km southwest of Minsk. Before the war, it was home to a small Jewish community. There was a synagogue. The village was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.
At the end of 1941, a special type of ghetto was created, with the whole village being surrounded with barbed wire. The Jews were concentrated in different houses in the village. There were 4 entrances to the village and a watchtower. The ghetto was liquidated in June 1942, and the fate of the Jews remains rather unclear, with contradictary information from different sources. It appears that some of the Jews were taken to the village of Sinyavka, where they were shot alongside local Jews. But according to witnesses interviewed by Yahad, there were also Jews shot in the village itself, on the central square. Ttheir corpses were buried in a mass grave close to the killing site.
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