Source: The Untold Stories
A new, comprehensive research project documenting 101 killing sites in the areas of the former Soviet Union has been uploaded to Yad Vashem’s website. Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, “The Untold Stories: The Murder Sites of the Jews in the Former USSR” chronicles the murders of thousands of Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators in 51 different communities whose Jewish populations were massacred during the Holocaust.
The new project began with the collection and registration of all the murder sites in the former USSR being studied by researchers at Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research. From this pool of data, 51 different communities whose Jewish populations were murdered - in Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia - were chosen. The historical background serves as the central feature of the site, from which links branch out to a variety of primary and secondary resources, primarily from Yad Vashem’s Archives and private collections - documents, photographs, letters, maps, illustrations, video testimonies, Pages of Testimony, film clips, lists of victims and stories of Righteous Among the Nations - which together create a multi-dimensional historical and human portrait.
"Untold Stories" tells the story of more than a million Jews who were murdered by the four Nazi SS death squads (Einsatzgruppen A,B,C,D) which accompanied the invading combat units along with local collaborators, in towns and villages that remain relatively unknown.