Ivaniv (Ianov, Yanov, Yanoff) | Vinnytsia 

/ The view from the village of Ivaniv © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Remains of the Jewish cemetery of Ivanov, formerly Ianov.© Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum The mill which used to belong to a Jew. During the occupation the Jewish garments which they took off before being shot were stocked there. Nowadays, the building is abandoned. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Nina K., born 1924: "The policeman told me to go with him. Myself and the others, we had to dig without knowing why. Then, the Jews were brought.” © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum  © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Vira L., born in 1926 : "A German shot the Jews at the edge of the pit and the policemen arranged the bodies after each group. " © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum The house where a Jewish woman, Pesya, was hidden with her son Yakov. The witness’ family in law hid them in their house and after managed to transfer them to another village. Yakov lives now in Israel. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum Andrey B., born in 1926:“The Jews advanced to the pit in groups of ten. Once undressed, they lined up at the edge of the pit and a German fired with a submachine gun. He was about 10-15m away   from the victims.” © Victoria Bahr /Yahad-In Unum Yahad’s team with the witness going to the execution site: "When we got closer to the pit, the Jews were arranged, layer by layer, naked, facing the ground. A German, apparently drunk, was dancing next to the pit." © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum The 1st execution site of 915 Jews, baptized “Small Baby Yar, is located on the North of the village, between the catholic cemetery and railroads. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum With the help of the eyewitnesses Yahad could make a diagram of the execution site. Diagram of the first execution site. ©Yahad-In Unum The school located about 100m away from the second execution site where 100 Jews were murdered. © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum The 2nd execution site of 100 Jews murdered in the early June 1942 © Aleksey Kasyanov/Yahad-In Unum With the help of the eyewitnesses Yahad could make a diagram of the execution site. Diagram of the second execution site. ©Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Ivaniv

2 Execution site(s)

Kind of place before:
Pits dug on purpose close to railroads / Jewish cemetery
Period of occupation:
Number of victims:

Witness interview

Andrey B., born in 1926, during the occupation lived in Ivaniv, was requisitioned to select the Jewish clothing : “Two or three weeks after the shooting, I was requisitioned to make the selection of the Jewish clothing which had been taken from the victims at the moment of the shooting. On the site, when the Jews approached to the pit in groups of ten, they disrobed and threw their clothing in a pile. So, I was forced to come to the orphanage where the clothing had been stocked. I had to search the clothes for the valuables and gold in the presence of several policemen and a German kommandant. If I found any valuables I had to put them in the helmet of this German officer. After, I was told to dismantle old Jewish houses. The wooden planks were used to heat the orphanage.” (Testimony n° 171, interviewed in Basarabeasca, Moldova, on November 16, 2014)

Soviet archives

The mass execution was conducted on May 30, 1942. During the night about 100 Gestapo soldiers arrived from Kalinovka [today Kalynivka] and sealed off the area where the Jews lived, and at dawn, they started to round-up the Jews from their homes and take them to the stable which belonged to the Jewish kolkhoz named after Kaganovich. All the Jews, including men, women, children and elder people were confined there. The requisitioned carts transported the ill and weak people not able to walk. The men who had shovels were requisitioned among the Ukrainians in order to dig and to cover the pit. Once the pit was dug, the German perpetrators, some were horseback, others by car or on foot escorted the Jews from the stable to the execution site. The shooting was carried out at 2pm. On this day, the German occupants murdered about 800 people. (…) Three or four days later, the Gestapo soldiers arrived again to Yanov and shot 100 more in the same mass grave.(…)” [Deposition of a local villager to the State extraordinary commission ; RG.22-002M : Fond 7021, opis 54, delo 1274]

Historical note

Ivaniv, formerly Yaniv, is a village located 30km northeast from Vinnytsia. According to the local witnesses, the majority of Jews were merchants or worked in agriculture. They worked in a Jewish kolkhoz, named after Kaganovich. In all, there were three kolkhozes, one of which was Jewish. There was a Jewish cemetery and school, where the Jewish children were mixed with non-Jews.  On the eve of the war, there were about 1,000 Jews. The village was occupied by German army on July 22, 1941. 

Holocaust by bullets in figures

From the beginning of the occupation untill late October, 1941, the village under the military administration rule and after it was transferred to civil administration. Immediately, after the German occupation all Jews were marked with yellow Stars of David on the armbands and subjected to perform forced labor. They were also looted and subjected to different kinds of abuse and humiliation. According to the Encyclopedia of Jewish life, a ghetto was created in March 1942, however none of the local witnesses confirmed this information. The Jewish community of Ivaniv was exterminated in the course of two aktions which were conducted at the end of May and beginning of June, 1942 by the Getsapo soldiers, Gendarmeria and local police. The first execution was conducted on May 30, 1942, when 800 Jews were first confined in the kolkhoz stable or mill, according to some witnesses, and then, taken to the pits located close to the railroads. A couple of days after, 100 Jews were shot at the same place.  The remaining 100 Jews were shot at the early June 1942 by the Germans. According to the witnesses, the corps were arranged in the pit, facing the ground. They were policemen who arranged the corpses after each group. The Jews were forced to undress before being shot. According to one of the witnesses, when she was brought with other requisitioned people to fill in the pit, there was a table with alcohol which could mean that the shooters were drunk while conducting the shootings. 


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