1 Execution site(s)
Danuta S. (N°415): " The people who were shooting the Jews, first had to drink alcohol to be able to bear it." (Witness N°415 interviewed in December 2010)
Svisloch is a small city located 70 kilometers south of Grodno. In 1939, there were around 3,000 Jews living in Svisloch, along with refugees from western Poland who had settled there after the invasion of Poland.
In July 1941, a ghetto was established in the old Jewish neighborhood, in the northwest of Svisloch. In that area, Jews were also gathered from the village of Golobudy. It was an open ghetto, and the western border of the ghetto’s territory ran near the Svisloch River. On November 2, 1942, the ghetto was liquidated when the Jews were sent by train to the Volkovysk transit camp.
The remaining Jews, mostly elderly and sick, were killed in the Visnik Forest, just outside Svisloch. Ivan S., interviewed by Yahad In-Unum’s team, remembered that the shooting lasted for several hours. His father was requisitioned to fill in the pit after the shooting.
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