Równe (Rovno) Victims Killed in the Kostopol Forest
Introduction by Nolan Altman
This database contains information about 5,166 victims from Rovno who were killed in the Kostopol Forest in December 1942.
Rovno (Polish: Równe, Yiddish: ראָװנע) was the largest city in the Polish province of Volhynia (Wołyń) prior to World War II. The city's current name is Рівне (Rivne) and is now in Ukraine. The city of Rovno, which included approximately 25,000 Jews, fell to the Germans in June of 1941. The Germans then made Rovno a regional capital city. In the next two months, 2,000 to 3,000 Jews were killed.
To create more office and residence room for incoming Germans who would work in Rovno, the Germans decided to clear out many of the remaining Jews. Between November 6th & 7th, 15,000 to 18,000 Jews who thought they were reporting for work assignments were marched into the Sosenski Forest and murdered.
Finally, a ghetto was established in the Wola neighborhood or Rovno, which included approximately 5,000 Jews. In December of 1942, this last group of Jews from the ghetto were transported by train to the forest near Kostopol and murdered.
Below is the introduction for the list as composed by the Korets Landsmanschaft in Israel:
This database includes 5,166 records of victims from Rowno who were killed in the Kostopol forest. The fields for this database are as follows:
Note: Each column appears in both English and Hebrew.
The information contained in this database was indexed from the files available at Yad Vashem (Record Group M.52 File Number 579). The original Ukrainian source material was from the Regional Archives in the Ukraine. Yad Vashem translated the list into Hebrew, and Gilberto Jugend, a JewishGen volunteer, translated the Hebrew list into English.
In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible. Special thanks to Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their continued contributions to Jewish genealogy. Particular thanks to Nolan Altman, coordinator of Holocaust files.
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Last Update: 14 Nov 2010 by WSB