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Galina M. who lived on the same street as many Jews remembered see the Jews being brought to the killing site: “I saw the column of Jews going near the river. It was near the bridge between Belynichi and Sloboda. The staroste told us that we should not leave our houses and not look out the window. But I looked and saw the column. It was guarded by Germans and dogs on both sides. They told the Jews that they would be moved to another city” (Witness N°628, interviewed in Belynichi, on May 4, 2012).
Around 780 Jews lived in Belynichi at the eve of the war. They composed about 24 percent of the total population. The Jews were mainly traders.
There were different execution sites of the Belynichi Jews. The main one is in the forest: more than 600 Jews (mainly women and children) from the Belynichi ghetto were shot in two large pits on December 12, 1941. The graves were dug by the inhabitants of the nearby village, Mashchanitsa. The Jewish men were killed during a previous Aktion in September 1941 near Niropla.
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