Vinnytsia massacre

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The Vinnytsia massacre was a mass killing of mostly Ukrainians by the Soviet NKVD between 1937–1938 during the Great Purge.

Discovery

In 1943, with the aid of the civilian population mass graves had been discovered, in which thousands of corpses had been buried. Altogether, 91 mass graves were discovered at the three different locations, and 9,432 bodies were exhumed. The victims were mostly Ukrainians.

Investigation

An international medical committee was convened. The reports of the committee describe that most of the victims were murdered by shots into the back of neck. After the war a US congressional committee investigated the mass murders at Vinnytsia. Charles Kersten leaded the committee investigation and published the findings in the 83rd Congress, Second Session, Special Report No. 4. The report fully confirms the results of the committee and blames the responsibility on the Soviets. The opening of the Soviet archives also proves the results of the congressional committee.

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  • German unit in Vinnytsia in August, 1943.

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  • Rest in Vinnytsia

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  • Soldiers of a sanitary unit in Vinnytsia, a German officer on the left

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  • Exhumed Polish and Ukrainian victims,

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  • German unit, that was present at the exhumation

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  • The place where the mass murder occurred

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  • German sanitary wagon at Vinnytsia, at the window the soldier who took the photographs

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  • Polish and Ukrainian victims

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  • Polish and Ukrainian victims

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  • Polish and Ukrainian victims

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  • Military doctor at the place of the exhumations

See also

External link

Literature

De Zayas, A. M.: Die Wehrmachtsuntersuchungsstelle. Universitas Verlag, München 2001 (German)