Pikule

Borough of Janów Lubelski, Janów District, Lubelskie Voivodship

Type of place

A forest near the village of Pikule (a dug-out.)

Information about the crime

On 19 August 2015 we conducted a site inspection of a Jewish grave in a forest near the village of Pikule. Czesław, a resident of Janów Lubelski who learned this story from a now deceased resident of Pikule, showed as the location of the grave. Eleven Jews from Moliborzyce were meant to be hiding in a dug-out in the forest. They were killed in the second half of 1942 and their bodies rest in the dug-out to this day. “It was here. The man who told me [about it] brought me here. I took a spade to see if he was telling the truth. He said that [the hiding Jews] had iron stoves. I dug out the stoves and also a bone so I made sure it was here… They were killed here. They were rich Jews. There were 11 of them but 7 are here [in this grave] for sure. […] They lived in the dug-out and they were killed in the dug-out. Seven of them for sure but eleven were hiding. They were Jews from Moliborzyce, very rich tailors. He [Czesław’s friend] knew them, he was bringing them food.” (Pikule, 19 August 2015.)

 

Commemoration

The site of the grave has been marked with a symbolic wooden matzevah put up as a part of the “30 matzevahs in 30 days” project in September 2017 – its objective was to mark places of the Holocaust in southern and eastern Poland. The partner of the project was the American Matzevah Foundation.


Identification of the grave based on research

On the 8th of September 2015, a local vision of a place precisely indicated by a witness was carried out (GPS: N50°40.997’E022°19.350′). This place is a forest hideout and a mass grave. A witness claimed that human remains had been discovered in the past in this place.

No GPR surveys were conducted.

The LIDAR survey indicates the hill on which the collapsed hideout and mass grave are located.

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

Contact and cooperation

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

 

Bibliography

Recording of the Zapomniane Foundation (audio file), name: Czesław [resident of Janów Lubelski, who heard the story of Jews hiding in the forest from the inhabitants of the village of Pikule], b. [lack of data], place of residence: Janów Lubelski, subject and keywords: Jewish graves in Pikule, interviewed by Agnieszka Nieradko, Pikule, 19 August 2015.