Borough of Sawin, Chełm District, Lubelskie Voivodship

Type of place

A cemetery in Ruda-Huta, in a forest in the area of Łukówek (a grave of a Jewish woman.)

Information about the crime

According to the local residents we met during a site location in 2014, about 10 Jewish families used to live in Łukówek before the war.

Witold, a resident of Łukówek (born in 1934) told us about Jewish graves in the tiny village. The most prominent was the story of Witold’s neighbours whom his father and grandfather tried to save.

The father of the family was called Tulo. He was married to Sura and they had three children: Zelman, Fawel and Chajka. It’s unknown how long they’d been in hiding. It’s also unknown how the Germans got wind of them. The father was killed on the spot while Sura and the children were taken to the cemetery in the village of Ruda-Huta where they were killed and buried. The remains of Tulo were exhumed after the war by his surviving brother-in-law, Łojna, and buried in an unknown place.

Moreover, in a forest within the area of Łukówek there is a grave of a Jewish woman allegedly killed by a mistress of one of the military policemen stationed nearby. Apparently, the policeman was getting ready to shoot when his companion asked him to pass the gun to her and shot in the direction of the Jewish woman for fun. The shot was not deadly and the wounded woman was dying for a long time. She was heavily pregnant. According to the local residents interviewed during the site inspection on 21 July 2014, it was Hana Siuk, the wife of Jakub. After the war the place where she was buried was marked with a concrete tombstone on which someone carved the word “Jew.”

Contact and cooperation

We are still looking for information on the identity of the victims and the location of Jewish graves in Łukówek. If you know something more, write to us at the following address: fundacjazapomniane@gmail.com.



Recording of the Zapomniane Foundation (audio file) – Mr. Witold, b. 1934, resident of Łukówek, interviewed by Agnieszka Nieradko, date of recording: 21/07/2014.