Dmytrivka (Odesa) | Odesa

/ The road by which Jews passed on their way to the execution site © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Yahad’s team with the witness near the mass grave figuring out the details of the mass shooting © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Yahad’ research team during the interview © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum The location of the mass grave. Today it is a corn field.  © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Ivan U., born in 1921, a Bulgarian, « The Jews were killed straight ahead after the German’s arrival » © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Ivan U., born in 1932, “Local young men were requisitioned by Romanians to dig the anti-tank ditches were the Jews were executed afterwards.” © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum Maria V., born in 1922, a Bulgarian, “I had a friend Raya, who was a Jew. We went together to school. We were very close.” © Aleksey Kasyanov - Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Dmytrivka (Odesa)

1 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Clay ditch
Period of occupation:

Witness interview

Ivan U. recalls: "The couriers used to come to the homes to tell the villagers to take shovels and go to the selsoviet. Once there, the chief of the selsoviet or Primar, which it was called at that time, pointed to the place where the pit had to be dug for them. They requisitioned about ten people at the same time. Once, my uncle was requisitioned. They were summoned in the evening; guarded by gendarmes they dug the pit all night long. They went back home in the morning after the mass shooting and once the pit was covered." (Witness N°1533, interviewed in Dmytrivka, on August 01, 2012)

Soviet archives

"The Romanian gendarmes started to rob and commit violence toward the Soviet citizens and at the same time started to exterminate them in mass, including women, the elderly and children. From the first days of the occupation, a police post was installed in the territory of Deljiler (Dmytrivka nowadays) headed by Ion Ionce who conducted the shootings and personally shot Soviet citizens without judgment or investigation. In almost all cases before being killed, the victims were tortured." [Act drawn up by Soviet extraordinary commission; RG-22.002M/7021-63/315]

Historical note

The village was a part of Bessarabia which in 1940 was annexed by Soviet Union. After outbreak of the WWII the village was controlled by the Romanians. 

Holocaust by bullets in figures

About 600 Jews (supposing from Odessa) were executed by Romanian gendarmerie on March 03, 1942. 


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