1 Execution site(s)
Galina I., born in 1925: "There were a number of Jewish families living near the railroad. We had Jewish neighbors and there were Jewish children at my school. But I don’t remember their names anymore. The teacher was also Jewish. There was a synagogue that was a beautiful wooden building, but it doesn’t exist anymore. The Jews were good people - they were very generous to us." (Witness N°829, interviewed in Iassen, on June 25, 2014).
Yasen is a very small village 20 km west of the city of Bobruisk. The village is divided into two parts. Yasen itself, and Stantsiya Yasen on the railway line in the directoin of Minsk. Before the war, many Jewish families lived in Stantsiya Yasen and it was home to a wooden synagogue. The village was occupied by German troops in the middle of summer 1941.
According to availbale documentation, there is little historical information on the fate of the Jews during the German occupation. The majority of the information we have comes from the oral testimonies collected by Yahad. A short time after the German occupation in the summer of 1941, one morning, policemen came to look for Jews in their own homes. They assembled them in two houses, in which they stayed for approximately one year under the supervision of local policemen. The Jews did not work. There were approximately 100 individuals. In the summer of 1942, the Jews were led away by the Germans in a column on foot towards the shooting site, which was in a grove near the railroad. The Jews were forced to dig their own pit. After the war, their bodies were exhumed and reburied in the Jewish cemetery of Bobruisk.
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