H. Safirstein and A. Zucher, on the mobile gas chambers in Baranowicze

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Very brief report by partisans H. Safirstein and A. Zucher on the existence of mobile gas chambers in Baranowicze and the accounts of Czech Jewish inmates.

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recorded with Mr. H. Safirstein, born 1893 in Baranovič responsible for teachers in Baranovič, and Mr. A. Zucher born 1912 in Baranovič, printer, on 3. 10. 1945 in Prague.

The gentlemen stayed in Baranovič, living as partisans, at the time when in this place a group of about 3,000 Czech Jews were evacuated. The gentlemen do not know from which city the Jews came. The people spoke Czech; the following is known about their arrival:

Immediately upon getting out of the train, they were ordered to hand over their luggage and were driven away in closed vehicles to be taken care of. The vehicles were specially fitted moving gas chambers. In this way, all Jews were murdered there.

There is still a common mass grave in Baranovič. The Jews there erected a memorial to these murdered Jews.

Podpis:

Safirstein

Zucher

Protokol přijal:

Helena Schicková

Podpis svědků:

Berta Gerzonová

Alex. Schmiedt

Za Dokumentační akci přijal:

Scheck

2. X. 1945

Za archiv:

Alex. Schmiedt

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Protokoll

aufgenommen mit Herrn H. Safirstein geb. 1893 in Baranovič zuständig Baranovič Lehrer, und Herrn A.Zucher geb. 1912 in Baranovič Druckarbeiter, am 3. 10. 1945 in Prag.

Die Herren hielten sich in Baranovič auf, als Partisane lebend, zur Zeit, als in diesem Orte eine Gruppe ca. 3.000 tschechische Juden evakuiert wurden. Die Herren wissen nicht, aus welcher Stadt die Juden gekommen sind. Die Leute haben tschechisch gesprochen; über ihre Ankunft ist folgendes bekannt:

Sofort beim Aussteigen aus dem Zuge wurden sie aufgefordert, ihr Gepäck abzugeben und wurden in geschlossenen Autos zur Verpflegung geführt. Die Autos waren spezial montierte fahrende Gaskammern. Auf diese Weise wurden sämtliche Juden dortselbst ermordet.

Ein gemeinsames Massengrab befindet sich bis heute in Baranovič. Die dortigen Juden stellten diesen ermordeten Juden ein Denkmal.

Podpis:

Safirstein

Zucher

Protokol přijal:

Helena Schicková

Podpis svědků:

Berta Gerzonová

Alex. Schmiedt

Za Dokumentační akci přijal:

Scheck

2. X. 1945

Za archiv:

Alex. Schmiedt

References

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The Czech lands (Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia) were part of the Habsburg monarchy until the First World War, and of the Czechoslovak Republic between 1918 and 1938. Following the Munich Agreement in September 1938, the territories along the German and Austrian frontier were annexed by Germany (and a small part of Silesia by Poland). Most of these areas were reorganized as the Reichsgau Sudetenland, while areas in the West and South were attached to neighboring German Gaue. After these terr...
This collection originated as a documentation of the persecution and genocide of Jews in the Czech lands excluding the archival materials relating to the history of the Terezín ghetto, which forms a separate collection. The content of the collection comprises originals, copies and transcripts of official documents and personal estates, as well as prints, newspaper clippings, maps, memoirs and a small amount of non-written material. The Documents of Persecution collection is a source of informati...