Babinovichi | Vitebsk

/ The lake. The Jewish women and children from Babinovichi were probably murdered near the lake. The shooting place is still unknown. ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad - In Unum Witness leading the Yahad team to the killing site. ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad - In Unum Nina S. saw the column of Jewish women and children. It was during the winter. She remembers the fate of Luba Semchenko, her neighbor. ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad - In Unum ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad - In Unum Memorial at the Jewish cemetery for the shooting of about 17 Jewish men at the beginning of the Nazi occupation. ©Les Kasyanov/Yahad - In Unum

Execution of Jews in Babinovichi

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Jewish cemetery
Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Nina N. remembered Lyuba, a Jewish woman living in Babinovichi:
«YIU : Were there many marriages between Jews and Belarusians?
Nina: There were no mixed marriages here. Wait a minute – there was a Jewish woman, Lyuba, who was married to a Russian. Lyuba was a member of Nina’s family. She was brought to the shooting this way. She and her children were escorted by two Germans. She talked to them. She was blond. The shooting took place at the Jewish cemetery and the bodies were transferred somewhere else afterwards.” (Witness N°573, interviewed in Babinovichi, on October 26, 2011)

Historical note

Around 50 Jewish families lived in Babinovichi before the war. Some of them managed to evacuate before the Germans came. There was a synagogue built out of wood and a Jewish cemetery.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

In September or October 1941, about 16-17 Jewish men were selected, brought to the Jewish cemetery and shot. The remaining Jews were forced into a house. In February 1942, they were rounded up and driven out of the village – and probably shot on the road near the lake.

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