TESTIMONY: Pavlina – “The head of the village promised the Jewish family of Gedar’ that he would hide them. The Jewish woman had just given birth to a little girl. Two days later, the Germans came and killed them all.”

BASIC INFO: During 14 days of research in Ukraine, a Yahad – In Unum team investigated in 38 towns and villages of the Vinnytsia region. The aim of this trip was to pursue the previous investigations conducted by our teams in the South of this region. During this mission, the team investigated in the Eastern parts of the region, which were under German occupation during the war.

During this research mission, Yahad – In Unum interviewed 43 witnesses and identified 21 execution sites.

PLACES: VAKHNIVKA, ZHURAVA, TURBIV, SKYTKA, BERESTIVKA, VIKENTIIVKA, TEKLYNIVKA, LYPOVETS, KAMIANKA, SPYCHYNTSI, LOZIVKA (GUERMANIVKA), SAMGORODOK, BOULAI, VASYLKIVTSI, PLYSKIV, DZENKIV, ILLINTSI, POGREBYSHCHE, BALABANIVKA, VINNYTSIA, IVANIV.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
KEY FINDINGS:
– Large number of the mass shootings;
– Important use of the killing method named « Sardinenpackung »;
– Local collaboration and strong implication of the local police in the process of extermination.
This trip was made possible with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.