1 Execution site(s)
Adam P., born in 1929, recounts: “Once, a SS man passed by this road. I was afraid, I was sure he would kill me. He gave me his helmet and said something in German. I understood that he had asked me to pick some pears. I did it. He put the fully ripe pears into his pocket and others he threw away.” (Testimony n°1620, interviewed in Sorokopen, on April 19th, 2013)
Novi Velidnyky is located 160 km north of Zhytomyr. The first known record of the Jewish community goes back to the 17th century. In 1897, the Jewish community numbered 659 people and represented half of the total population. The majority of Jews lived off of handcrafts and small trade. In the early 19thth century, Novi Velidnyky was an important center for Hasidism in Volyn. There were two synagogues. Due to a pogrom carried out in 1917 and the relocation of Jews, its population significantly decreased. In 1924, there were 427 Jews living in the village, comprising 24% of the total population. In the summer of 1941, Novi Velidnyky was occupied by units of the Wehrmacht, butthe majority of the prewar Jews managed to evacuate.
According to the research findings, all the Jews continued to live in their homes until the execution that took place on October 18th, 1941. On that day, 93 Jews were taken from their homes and brought by truck to the field. According to an eyewitness of the shooting, the Jews were shot fully clothes in groups of fives. The shooting was conducted by the Germans.
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