Testimony:

Boleslaw – “The Jews were rounded up in a yard, surrounded by a wooden fence, near the river. After several days, they were brought to the Jewish cemetery and shot.”

For its 14th research trip to Poland, a Yahad-In Unum team traveled for the first time to the Kielce region of southern Voivodeship. The trip lasted 18 days, from 29 March to 15 April 2016.

During this research trip, Yahad collected 41 testimonies and identified 26 mass graves, including a large majority without monuments.

Places:

DZIAŁOSZYCE, JAKUBOWICE, WODZISŁAW, PIOTRKOWICE, SWARYSZÓW, KAZINY, DZIEKANOWICE, CHMIELON, SPROWA, DROŻEJOWICE, JASTRZEBNIKI, SĘDZISZÓW, GAIK, SZARBIA, ZWIERZYNIECKA, DROŻEJOWICE, WODZISŁAW, JĘDRZEJÓW, SŁONOWICE, KAZIMIERZA WIELKA, WYSZOGRÓD, MOŁKOWICE, WYGODA, JAKUBÓW, SOBOWICE, IMIELNO, WÓLKA, STAWY RAKÓW, BRESINY, WOLICA JAJIONNA, BORKI, CHRUSTOWICE.

 

Historical Background:

As early as October 1939, the region of Kielce was incorporated into the General Government of Poland and was part of the Distrikt Radom. Although the majority of Jews in the region were deported to Treblinka at the end of 1942, thousands of Jews were shot locally, in mass graves like Dzialoszyce (1,500 victims), Staszow (700 victims) or Stopnica (400 victims).

 

Key Findings:

During this research trip, Yahad-In Unum’s investigation team gathered testimonies about:

– The mass shootings of Jewish victims perpetrated in many towns and villages in the southern part of the region

– The looting of Jewish property by the German authorities

– Shootings of hidden Jews and partisan Jews

– The local organization of the deportation

– The executions committed during the deportation actions of the population of the ghettos towards Treblinka

– The shootings of Gypsies

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