Siemnice | Lublin

/ Kazimierz S., born in 1927 © Rita Villanueva - Yahad-In Unum Yahad’s team  with the witness recreating the killing scene © Rita Villanueva - Yahad-In Unum The research team on the ground © Rita Villanueva - Yahad-In Unum A killing site © Rita Villanueva - Yahad-In Unum

Execution of Jews in Siemnice

1 Execution site(s)

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Witness interview

Kazimierz S. reminisces: "They told the men of the group to go out. They forced them to dig a pit and put the bodies of shot Jews there. Under pressure from the Germans they threw them inside. Afterwards, they made another group go out [from the basement]. For them, it was even worse. They had to lie down on the bloody ground where the first group was shot. That’s where they shot them." (Eyewitness N°148, interviewed in Siemnice, on August 18, 2012)

Polish Archives

"About 70 people of Jewish origin, including elderly people and children, were shot in 1942." [Deposition of Maria Konopnicka, chief of scouts; GK 195/VIII/19]

Historical note

Siemnice is a village in the administrative district of Rachanie, in eastern Poland. It lies approximately 107 km (66 miles) south-east of the regional capital, Lublin.

Holocaust by bullets in figures

The town was occupied by Germans in September 1939 after a short Soviet occupation. A part of Jews were deported to the Belzec camp while the remaining Jews, according to the Polish archives about 70 Jews,   All the Jewish population was executed in one Aktion conducted in 1942.

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