Borzecin


In a forest outside a small town called Borzecin, about sixty kilometres east of Krakow, a group of Roma were stopped by German gendarmes in July 1942. The group consisted of 3 men, 5 women, 21 children (between 4 – 12 years) and a newborn baby. The Germans confiscated carts of locals who were also forced to help transport them closer to Borzecin where they stayed just outside the village. The Germans forced the Roma into the forest where they were all shot, except for one child who managed to escape into the forest. After the massacre, locals were brought to the place where the German commander forced them to bury the bodies.

Current status: Monument (2023).

Location: 50°05'54.36"N 20°44'15.54"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

In 1959, the bodies were dug up and buried in a common grave in a cemetery in Borzecin. In 2010, a monument was erected on the site of the massacre that can be easily seen from the road and there is a simple information board that informs about the incident. Since its creation, the monument has been subjected to vandalism.

Follow up in books: Lewy, Guenter: The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies (2000).