Mizocz


About thirthy kilometres south of Rivne is a small village called Mizocz which at the time of the attack on the Soviet Union in june 1941 had a Jewish population of about 1000 people. About 300 managed to escape eastward before the Germans occupied Mizocz in late June 1941. Immediately the Jews in and around Mizocz suffered anti-Jewish lawsuits and sporadic executions occurred. In the spring of 1942, the Germans established a ghetto in Mizocz where Jews from nearby villages were brought. In the autumn of 1942 there were about 1700 Jews in the ghetto. On October 13, 1942, the ghetto was surrounded by German police forces and Ukrainian collaborators. Under the pretext of deportation, the Germans tried to lure the Jews to their own death. The Jews sensed disarray and began to resist and set fire to houses in the ghetto. The next day, the Jews were forcibly taken from the ghetto to a ravine just south of Mizocz where they were murdered by SS murder squads. A total of about 1,500 Jews were murdered at the gorge.

Current status: Monument (2019).

Location: 50°23'42.55"N 26°07'06.34"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The monument is located on the edge of the village and behind the monument lies the ravine. The road leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the most famous and macabre photographs of the Nazi assassination units in the Soviet Union were taken at this action.

Follow up in books: Arad, Yitzhak: Holocaust in the Soviet union (2009).