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1941: Mass Murder
 pg. 290 
In December 1941 mass executions of Jews from Odessa took place at Acmecetca and Dumanovca as well as at Bogdanovca, Romania (pictured), where the killings were particularly gruesome. In the first phase of the Bogdanovca massacre, some 5000 elderly and ill Jews were herded into stables, which were covered in straw, drenched with gasoline, and set afire; the prisoners suffered agonizing deaths.
Photo: Yad Vashem
While some Jews were being burned alive at Bogdanovca, Romania, Romanian death squads took others into the forest to be executed. Made to undress completely in the bitter cold of December, men, women, and children were forced to kneel on the edge of a precipice. They were then shot, with their bodies falling into the valley below. This skull with its gaping hole is testimony to these forest executions, in which over 40,000 died by the end of December.
Photo: Yad Vashem
Half-clad Jewish women and a young girl about to be executed on the beach at Liepaja, Latvia, are forced to pose for a final photograph during a mid-December murder spree that took the lives of at least 2700 Jews. The executions were carried out by a Latvian SD guard platoon and the 21st Latvian Police Battalion, as well as men of the Schutzpolizei (German border police) under the supervision of Fritz Dietrich, a local SS commander. Dietrich saw to it that the executions were filmed to provide evidence that the primary perpetrators were Latvians.
Photo: Yad Vashem / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
 December 17, 1941: A Jewish physician named Dubski dies of spotted typhus while treating patients at a Gypsy camp near the Lódz (Poland) Ghetto; See December 29, 1941.
 December 21, 1941: Nazis display the corpses of several thousand Soviet prisoners of war on a road in Minsk, Belorussia.
 December 21-30, 1941: More than 40,000 Jews are murdered at Bogdanovka in the Transnistria region of Romania.
1941: Mass Murder
 pg. 290 
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