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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).

The ChGK report from Pyatigorsk The ChGK report from Pyatigorsk GARF 7021-17-3, copy YVA JM /19920,

The following report of the ChGK from July 13, 1943 contains a description of the mass murder of the Jews in Pyatigorsk:
Forensic autopsy report about the postmortem examination of Svetlana Rudinskaya, a Jewish girl of child age four (based on the testimony of acquaintances from the Trumpeldorf [sic] family)


[The girl] was murdered, together with the rest of her family, by the German occupiers after the family was arrested on December 31, 1942.
The body was exhumed on January 21, 1943 from a grave in the area of the site of Lermontov's duel [in which the Russian poet Lermontov was killed]. [This was in the area of Mashuk Mountain].

The ChGK report from Pyatigorsk The ChGK report from Pyatigorsk GARF 7021-17-3, copy YVA JM /19920

The following report of the ChGK from January 19, 1943 contains a description of the mass murder of the Jews in Pyatigorsk:
Regarding the sites where the corpses of the civilians who had been shot to death by the Germans in the area of the Lermontov's duel [the area of Mashuk Mounain]:
According to the data collected and on the basis of an examination of the Lermontov duel site, five pits were found there, the exact location of four was identified.
1. The pit is located opposite the forest lane leading to the Lermontov crossroads. The pit was large and the bodies were lying close to the surface. Local residents had moved five bodies from there. In the pit there were twenty bodies of people who had been shot on January 1, 1943.