1 Execution site(s)
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)
"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]
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.
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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