SuchowolaBorough of Suchowola , Sokólski District, Podlaskie Voivodship
Type of placeLawn in the center of the village
Information about the crime
In the winter of 2022, we carried out a site inspection of the place where the young Jewish boy was murdered and probably buried. We know about the circumstances of his death from the testimony of Jadwiga S.: “In the summer of 1943, the military policemen took a young Jewish boy into custody. The next morning, when I was cleaning the dining room, officer Hirsch brought this young Jew to commander Weiss. I heard them talking. Weiss asked the boy if he wanted to see his parents. The boy said yes. Then the commandant told Hirsch to take the boy outside. Hirsch led the boy out to the yard, put one arm around his neck and shot him in the head with his other hand. I started screaming. Hirsch returned to the station and told me to stop. I asked why he killed this young boy. Hirsch replied that they didn’t care about me either. The body of the murdered boy was buried in the square near the military police station. I do not remember who buried the executed Jew or what his name was”. (S 75.2015 Zn p. 18)
The murder probably occurred after the liquidation of the Suchowola ghetto, which took place in the autumn of 1942.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE GRAVE BASED ON NON INVASIVE RESEARCH
On 3th of March 2022, a site inspection was carried out at the location indicated as the approximate location of a single grave. (GPS: N 53°34.708′ E 023°06.334′)
(LiDAR) survey was not helpful in this case.
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 Suchowola. If you know something more, write to us at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
S 75.2015 Zn on crimes committed by German military police officers from the Suchowola station.
Recording of the Zapomniane Foundation, Dawid G., interview by Agnieszka Nieradko and Aleksander Schwarz, Suchowola, March 3, 2022.
We have collected the materials about this village thanks to the funding provided by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as part of the project “The rural Holocaust. Collecting and safeguarding the never recorded testimonies 100 forgotten Jewish graves 2021-2022”. The materials for this website were developed, digitized and made available as part of the project “Development of a digital archive of Jewish war graves outside the extermination camps and educational use of archive resources” thanks to funding from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Cultural Promotion Fund.