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Bolesław Chrobry labor camp

Former labor camp site on Bolesław Chrobry Street. Today it houses a teacher seminary in Łuck
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Photo by Noa Sigal, 2014 Former labor camp site on Bolesław Chrobry Street. Today it houses a teacher seminary in Łuck
Photo by Noa Sigal, 2014
The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem

In early December 1942 rumors spread that the remaining Jews who were working in the workshops at the labor camp on Bolesław Chrobry Street were about to be murdered at Gurka Polonka. A group of carpentry shop workers organized resistance by collecting axes, knives, and iron bars, along with several pistols and a rifle - in order to die with honor. According to one testimony, on the evening of December 11, 1942, a Gendarmerie unit and Ukrainian auxiliary policemen surrounded the labor camp and forced many of its workers into the carpentry shop. According to the same testimony, on the next day, December 12, early in the morning, a Security Police and SD unit, apparently with additional Gendarmerie and Ukrainian auxiliary forces from the city of Równe, arrived by truck at the camp. When an SS man, accompanied by the SA officer Josef Glueck,entered the carpentry shop and ordered everyone to get out and climb onto the trucks, the Jews inside opened fire, killing several Germans and forcing the members of the Gendarmerie and Ukrainian auxiliary police to retreat. After several hours of fighting, during which armored vehicles fired artillery shells into the camp, the Germans threw hand-grenades into the carpentry shop, setting it on fire. Many Jews trapped inside were killed on the spot; others in a nearby building committed suicide. Only a handful of Jews surrendered to the Germans. Although this was in accord with an agreement made with the latter, the Jews were shot to death at Gurka Polonka.
Heinrich Lindner, the Gebietskommissar of Łuck who had been just appointed commander of the labor camp, was in charge of this murder operation, apparently on the personal order of Erich Koch, the Reich Commissar of Ukraine.
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Shmuel Shulman (Shmulik Shilo) was born in Łuck in 1929 and was living there during the war years
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Shmuel Shulman (Shmulik Shilo) was born in Łuck in 1929 and was living there during the war years
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