The Dead Bodies of Bobruisk, Belarus 1941–45

Human Remains and Violence, Volume 1, No. 1 (2015), pp. 23-38
Therkel Straede
Publication Year
Europe and Central Asia
Thematic Area
Burial Site / Mass Grave / Combatant / Management of the Dead / Memorialization
Open access

This paper traces the massacres of Jews and Soviet prisoners of war in November 1941 in the city of Bobruisk, Eastern Belarus. Sparked by a current memorial at one of the killing sites, the author examines the historic events of the killings themselves and presents a micro level analysis of the various techniques for murdering and disposing of such large numbers of victims. A contrast will be shown between the types of actions applied to the victims by the German army, SS, police personnel and other local collaborators, reflecting an imposed racial hierarchisation even after their death.