Village of Ivot burned down

The results of the Nazi occupation policy in the Shostka region are summarized in the documents of the Extraordinary State Commission for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes (exposition). Based on examinations of the shooting sites and interviews of eyewitnesses, the Commission found that 1,198 people were killed in city of Shostka and 818 in the Shostka district. The last punitive action took place on March 10 in the village of Ivot when 394 people were killed, and 223 houses were burned down.

On March 7, 1943, the Soviet army forces broke through the Wehrmacht’s defense and reached the village of Ivot. A few days later, German troops seized the village again and found out that the German intelligence group had been killed in action. This was the formal reason for the punitive measures. All the Red Army soldiers found in the village were killed, as well as the owners of the huts they were hiding in. Nazis shot every tenth resident of the village and burned down 223 houses. Many were wounded.

 

 

Pelagia Struck recounts in an interview how they, girls and boys in forced labor in Germany, learned about the tragedy of their home village.