Testimony:

Victor S (born in 1928)

In Dolhasca, there was a gendarme chief who was named Bortik, he was 35 at that time. During the train journey of the Jews, the gendarmes made the train stop at Brobota, to take out the women. The trains were coming from the direction of Tchernovtsy. They raped them, took their valuables and then they killed them. In the village, some Jews were killed by the Gendarmes and buried not far from the stopping point. One year later, in 1942, the roundup of the Roma began. Just the evening before the arrest of my family, my mother asked me to hide in the forest. All of my family members were arrested and deported on the train; they never returned.

 

 

Over 15 days in this region, Yahad-In Unum interviewed 31 witnesses and identified two mass graves of Jews, without monuments.

 

Places:

Regions of Suceava and Botosani
Investigated towns/villages: Gulia, Dolhasca, Dolhesti, Dolhesti Mici, Lespezi, Budeni, Brobota, Dumbrava, Veresti, Soci, Mascateni, Stefanesti, Badiuti, Darabani, Plopeni Mici, Sapoveni, Aurel Vlai, Voitinel, Varatec, Paltinis, Darabani, Bacau.

 

Background:

Before the war, a large Jewish population lived in the region and in the towns including: Stefanesti, Lespezi, Dolhasca, Saveni, Darabani, Dorohoi and Radauti.

This was a special trip for the Yahad team because throughout this investigative trip, the Yahad team not only interviewed Roma survivors of the deportation but also witnesses to:

The shootings of the Jews
Testimonies on the looting of Jewish belongings
Roundup and interment of Jews in forced labor camps in Romania
Rape of Jewish women
During World War II, several thousand Jews were deported to Transnistria by Antonescu’s fascist government. In June 1941, the arrival of the war in Romania, which sided with Germany, manifested itself as a general massacre of the Jewish population; it is known as “Operation Barbarossa.” The Romanian army on the side of the Nazi “Einsatzgrupen” shot and buried alive all the Jews—men, women and children—that they could find in the zones which they controlled.

 

Key Findings:

This was a special trip for the Yahad team because throughout this investigative trip, the Yahad team not only interviewed Roma survivors of the deportation but also witnesses to:

– The shootings of the Jews
– Testimonies on the looting of Jewish belongings
– Roundup and interment of Jews in forced labor camps in Romania
– Rape of Jewish women

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