1 Execution site(s)
Mikhail L., born in 1930: “The Germans had lists and one of them called out the Jews by name, before placing them on the edge of the pit. They were shot in the back. The pit was not covered before the end of the shooting.” (Witness N°752, interviewed in Lenino, on May 17, 2014)
"During the occupation of the Slutsk district and Lenino, I lived in Lenino. I am aware of the execution of Jews which took place on July 12, 1942, at dawn. In Lenino alone, the Germans murdered 21 families. I can’t tell you exactly how many people were killed, approximatively 78 at a guess. Moreover, 70 Jews brought in from nearby villages were executed at the same cemetery in Lenino. In all, 178 people, men, women, the elderly, children among them, were shot.” [Deposition of Arseniy R., born in 1894 in Lenino for the Soviet Extraordinary commission, made on September 27, 1944; RG-22.002M, 7021-91/24]
Lenino is a small village situated around 100km south of Minsk. Just before the Germans’ arrival, there were fewer than 100 Jews remaining in the village. There was one synagogue. The village was under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.
In July 1941, all the Jews from Lenino and the surrounding villages were confined in a ghetto, composed of a single street guarded by local police surrounded by barbed wire on one side and a river on the other. According to witnesses interviewed by Yahad, the Jews were concentrated in 3 houses. Jews had to perform forced labor, such as cleaning the streets. On June 12, 1942, the Jews were shot by the Germans, assisted by local police, in a pit near the orthodox cemetery.
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