Kysylyn (Kiselin) | Volyn

Piudik Family (left to right seated- Nachman, Brucha, Mindle, Bela, Yitzak; Left to right standing- Yoneh, Yoneh, Esther, Pesia, Shimshun). 9 members were murdered in Kiselin and one in Lutsk, 1937 © Personal archive of John Pollick and Sam Stulberg / © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum Yahad research team with a witness in the middle of the field where the mass shooting of Jews took place © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum The mass killing site without any burial monument and protection. picture taken in 2007 © Guillaume Ribot - Yahad-In Unum This site was identified through Yahad’s research and is now memorialized and protected through the Protecting Memory initiative, June 2015 ©

Execution of Jews in Kysylyn

1 Execution site(s)

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Witness interview

Anna Tch. recalls: “Their rabbi made a speech saying that their time had come, that it had been written like that...It is difficult to talk about this, I wish God never does this again. There were Jews and even Ukrainians who were listening to him. He was speaking in their language. Then, they were put in the trucks. Women had white headscarves. I didn’t see men, so I don’t know if they were taken later or before the women.” (Witness N°449, interwied in Kysylyn, on March 30, 2007)

Historical note

Kysylyn is located about 40 km (25 miles) south of Kovel and about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west- northwest of Lutsk. According to the census of 1921, 94 Jews lived in the village. The village was occupied by Germans at the end of June 1941.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The first anti-Jewish actions started at the end of summer beginning of autumn 1941. All Jews were forced to wear distinguishing badges. They were subjected to force labor, assaults and robbery. First 48 Jews were executed on August 19, 1941 on the outskirts of the village. From the first days of November, 1941 a closed ghetto was established and existed till August 1942 when it was totally liquidated by Germans who were helped by Ukrainian police. As a result about 500-550 Jews were murdered during this Aktion.


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