Aleksandra W. saw the Jews being led to the sites of executions and then saw the mass graves. The soil was still moving. This mass grave in the market place in the village of Cyców (shown above) has no monument.
For our third research trip to Poland, Yahad chose to continue the investigation in the district of Chełm and then in the district of Krasnystaw, which are both situated in the region of Lublin. Yahad interviewed 35 witnesses and identified 18 sites of execution.
Districts of Chełm and Krasnystaw, Region of Lublin
Investigated towns/villages: Dorohusk, Wółka Cycowska, Sawin, Siedliszcze, Trawniki, Piaski, Rybczewice, Fajsławice
– Wółka Cycowska was the first village where we identified a few mass graves.
– According to the archives, a ghetto was established in the village of Siedliszcze in June 1, 1940 and liquidated in October 1942. The Polish archives state that about 120 Jews, Gypsies and people from the local population were killed there, most likely in 1943. Yahad identified 4 sites of executions there, with no monuments.
– The Jewish population in the town of Piaski was bigger than Catholic population. as there were about 5.000 Jews living in the town before the war. Yahad found a few exceptional direct witnesses in the town of Piaski.