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Monument commemorating Dzerzhinsk Jews at the Forest murder site Monument commemorating Dzerzhinsk Jews at the Forest murder site A Memorial Ceremony in Dzerzhinsk, August 25, 1998
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Second Monument (erected in 1998) commemorating Dzerzhinsk Jews at the Forest murder site Second Monument (erected in 1998) commemorating Dzerzhinsk Jews at the Forest murder site A Memorial Ceremony in Dzerzhinsk, August 25, 1998
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On August 25, 1941 the Jews of Dzerzhinsk were ordered to gather in the center of the town and were taken to the recruiting office, which was surrounded by barbed wire. A large number of Jews were crowded into the building of the office; others were kept outside in the rain. Some time later the Germans collected 52 young Jewish males under the pretext of sending them to perform physical labor. They brought them to a forest (sometimes referred to as a park), located about 2.5 kilometers from the center of the town, and ordered them to dig three pits. After this work was completed, the young men were ordered to undress, forced to stand on a board laid across one of the pits, and then shot. Later, other Jewish men were brought to the pits and shot in a similar manner. Possibly the third pit was not large enough or, perhaps, the Germans were tired; in any case, at 6 p.m. they permitted women with three or more children to leave the recruiting office. Other women, who assumed that the Germans intended to murder those who remained, tried to send their children back to the town together with the women who had many children of their own. Later the women with two children were also released and, finally, even women with one child were permitted to go. The old women and those who had no children or who had already sent their children back to town were shot in the same pits in the forest. According to different sources, between 549 and 800 Jews were murdered that day in the forest by the Sued police regiment with the assistance of local collaborators.
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Mikhail Rozenberg, born 1932 in Dzerzhinsk (Romanov), and lived there during the war years (Interview in Russian)
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Mikhail Rozenberg, born 1932 in Dzerzhinsk (Romanov), and lived there during the war years (Interview in Russian)
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