Narew – the Reza Range

Borough of Narew, Hajnówka District, Podlaskie Voivodship

Type of place

Next to the road leading from Narew to Bielsko Podlaskie, on the turn towards the Makówka village, the Reza Range.

Information about the crime

The evidence of the investigation no S 356/71 (IPN Bi 1/534, IPN BI 1/535) includes information about the execution of pharmacist Pilc and his son on the Reza Range near Narew towards the end of 1942 or in the beginning of 1943.

Aleksandra Z.: “I don’t remember the exact date but after the liquidation of the ghetto, either towards the end of 1942 or in the beginning of 1943, a pharmacist of Jewish origins and his son were hiding in Narew and neighbouring villages. The pharmacist was called Pilc – I don’t know his first name. One day Pilc voluntarily turned up at the military police station in Narew. I don’t know the reason for it. The police placed them in the local jail where they spent one day, I think. I saw them personally and passed food to them through a small window. On the next day I found out from the residents of Narew that Pilc and his son had been taken by the officers towards Bielsko Podlaskie and shot to death at the Reza Range, next to the road, just before Klejniki. […] Pharmacist Pilc was about 50 years old and his son was about 18 years old. After his death I heard that his wife and daughter, who were hiding separately, were also captured and shot by the military policemen from Narew, apparently near Trzeszczotki.” (a statement from 23 May 1973, no S 356/71)

Identification of the grave based on research

On the 27th of August 2014, a local vision in a place stated as an approximate location of the mass grave was carried out (GPS: N52°53.4028’E023°29.29′) on the road from Narwa to Bielsko Podlaska, at the turn to Makówka. The vision took place without witness presence. There was no exact indication.

No GPR surveys have been conducted.

The aerial photography query for this area wasn’t ordered.

Sources

Contact and cooperation

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

 

Bibliography

File no. DS 356/71, The Regional Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Białystok: Report of the hearing of the witness – Zofia, 22 May 1973 (p. 2 – 7).

File no. DS 356/71, The Regional Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Białystok: Report of the hearing of the witness – Aleksandra, 23 May 1973 (p. 10 – 13).

File no. DS 356/71, The Regional Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Białystok: Report of the hearing of the witness – Julian, 1 June 1973 (p. 26 – 28).

File no. DS 356/71, The Regional Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Białystok:

Report of the hearing of the witness – Jan, 22 February 1974 (p. 43 – 45); Photo – View of the place where the Jew Majer was shot in Narew, the place is indicated by Jan and the head of Narew. (p. 58); Pictures – a view of a road at which a Jew Pilec and his son were shot in 1942 or 1943 and an arrow indicated the place where Pilca and his wife were shot (p. 62).

The Institute of National Remembrance, File no. S 33/15/Zn, Decision to discontinue the investigation of 16/07/2015 regarding German war crimes in the Hajnówka district.

File no. IPN BU 2448/25, group: Questionnaires of the Chief Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Poland, Jewish war graves in the hajnowski district, “Questionnaires of the Chief Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Poland and the Regional Commission for the Examination of German Crimes in Warsaw, collected in the years 1968 – 1972, Questionnaires regarding the Białystok province – I, Hajnówka district, Narewka Mała, Narew.

Sr. Sgt. A. Panfiluk, Plan of the place of the murder of two Jews on the road Narew – Klejniki during the German occupation [no date].

Sr. Sgt. A. Panfiluk, Plan of the place of execution by the Germans of the Jew Majer in Narew, poviat Hajnówka [no date].