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ChGK Soviet Reports

The Yad Vashem Archives hold a vast collection of documents amassed by the Soviet Extraordinary State Commission (ChGK).

Report of the ChGK, Rēzekne Report of the ChGK, Rēzekne GARF 7021-93-28; copy YVA JM/21222 Report of the ChGK, Rēzekne Report of the ChGK, Rēzekne GARF 7021-93-28; copy YVA JM/21222

The following report of the ChGK from October 9, 1944 contains a description of the mass murder of the Jews in Rēzekne:
Testimony of Ivan (Jan) Matusevič, who was born in 1906, a Righteous Among the Nations (he rescued Chaim and Yakov Izraelit):
… In 1941, while working in the forge of the roads department on First of May Street, number 74/84, I heard a conversation between three local policemen, Pavel Pavlov, Ivan Kraul, and Petr Petrovskiy. I didn’t know where the two first lived, but I knew that the third lived on Lyutsin Street number 52. They bragged about shooting 110 Jews in the park near the Leščinska mill. The grave is located southwest of the mill, about 100 meters from the mill.…

Report of the ChGK, Rēzekne Report of the ChGK, Rēzekne GARF 7021-93-28; copy YVA JM/21222

The following report of the ChGK from September 29, 1944 contains a description of the mass murder of the Jews in Rēzekne:
Testimony of Petr Boiko, a Latvian who was born in 1892:
... In 1941 I worked at the Leskovskii [Leščinska] mill. I was there on July 15, 1941, when Germans shot between 100 and 120 Jews in the park near the mill and buried them there. Before the Red Army arrived on July 2 [27], the bodies were exhumed and burned....