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Sand Quarry

According to testimonies of survivors and to some postwar testimonies of perpetrators in the second part of August 1941 some members of a detachment of Einsatzkommando 12 of Einsatzgruppe D, collected a number of Jews of Babchintsy (who were either only members of the Communist Party or only men) at the local hospital building, supposedly for a meeting. The assembled Jews were taken on foot about 2 kilometers from the village to a sand quarry, known locally as "the mound" or "the funeral mound." The victims were forced to kneel down at the edge of the quarry and then were shot in the back of their head.
Some days later, apparently between August 20 and 23, the Jews of Babchintsy who survived the first massacre were collected by members of the same detachment of Einsatzkommando 12 of Einsatzgruppe D once again at the hospital, locked overnight in a stable adjoining it, and then taken to the same sand quarry and shot. According to some of the records relating to German postwar trials of the perpetrators of the mass murder of Babchintsy Jews, there was one massacre (that lasted one day) in Babchintsy; according to the Soviet Extraordinary Commission, the massacre in Babchintsy took place on July 22, 1941.
The number of estimated victims ranges from about 80, according to German records, to 140, according to Soviet sources.
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Charna Portnaya was born in 1924 in Babchintsy and lived there during the war years (interview in Russian). Part I
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Charna Portnaya was born in 1924 in Babchintsy and lived there during the war years (interview in Russian). Part I
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