Chojnice


In a forest outside a small town called Chojnice, about eighty kilometres northwest of Bydgoszcz, the Nazis murdered between 1939 – 1945 about 2000 poles. The bodies were buried in mass graves. The murders were part of an action called Intelligenzaktion Pommern, which aimed to pacify Pomerania by murdering anyone who could possibly pose a threat to German supremacy and a germanization of the region (and Poland as a whole). It was mainly formed Poles, journalists, police officers, teachers, officers, priests, etc., who became the targets of the Germans. These were arrested, imprisoned and eventually taken off to some wooded area where they were shot and buried. The murders were carried out by the German Einsatzgruppen and local units consisting of German minorities called Selbstschutz.

Current status: Monument (2015).

Location: 53°42'43.00"N 17°34'05.78"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

A simple but stylish memorial with a cross and a memorial stone with information about the events.

Follow up in books: Lukas, Richard C: Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation 1939- 1944 (2008).