Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

2,000 Jews Recently Executed in Smolensk, Russian Guerrilla Reveals

November 24, 1942
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

More than 2,000 Jews – comprising almost the entire Jewish population remaining in Smolenk-were massacred recently in that Nazi-occupied city, according to reports brought here today by N. Krilov, who succeeded in escaping from the city and reaching one of the guerrilla bands which are active in the Smolensk area.

The Jews-mostly women, children and old men-were brought in closed trucks to Gegonovka Place, Krilov disclosed. Here they were lined up before a huge pit which had been dug beforchand, and-following the usual Nazi pattern-the victims were machine-gunned and dumped into the pit, dead and wounded alike, and a shallow covering of earth was flung over them.

Recommended from JTA