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Mir During the Holocaust

Under German Occupation

Report sent to the Gendarmerie in Baranovichi regarding the arrest and execution of five Jews, and the destruction of a Jewish camp near the forest in Miranka

Gendarmerie Post “Mir”                                                                     Mir, 15.11.1942
Gendarmerie District Baranovichi
General District Weißruthenien

To the Gendarmerie District Leader in Baranovichi
Re: The arrest and summary execution of five Jews, and the destruction of a Jewish camp near the forest warden’s lodge in Miranka, Mir District.
Ref: None
On 14 November 1942 at about 6pm, the forest keeper at the forester’s lodge in Miranka, Mir District, informed me that he had discovered a bunker in which there was a gang of Jews in a wood about 6 km north of Mir. I immediately dispatched three Gendarmerie officers and 60 Schutzmänner to this place and they took the forest keeper with them. They established that what the forest keeper had said was true. They discovered a bunker, which had been covered over with a wooden lid and well camouflaged. After the cover had been removed, the occupants of the bunker were told to come out without their weapons, otherwise a hand grenade would be thrown in. They complied with this request and three Jew, namely the Head of the Jewish Council from Mir and two Jewesses came out. After a short interrogation they were summarily shot and buried as ordered. Apart from a few tattered items of clothing they had no articles of value on them. The bunker was then searched. Around 100 kg of potatoes, some leaves and a few old cooking pots were found. No weapons or ammunition were found. The bunker was then destroyed by the police officers. The food and the tattered items of clothing were handed over to the Schutzmannschaft in Mir.
Hauptwachmeister of the

From: Dean Martin, “Microcosmos: Collaboration and Resistance during the Holocaust in the Mir Rayon of Belarus, 1941-1944”, p. 67. Gaunt David, Paul A. Levine & Laura Palosuo (eds), Collaboration and Resistance During the Holocaust – Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, PeterLang , Germany 2004.

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