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The Massacre of November 11, 1939, in Ostrów Mazowiecka

Photos from the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, taken by German photographers, reveal what took place.

Description for all photos: "On November 11, 1939, 364 Jews (men, women and children) were executed by a firing squad in the town of Ostrow Mazowiecki, allegedly for setting fire to the town. The execution was carried out by the Fourth Police Battalion commanded by Police Colonel Brenner."

Walking to the execution site. (Photo 50073)

The empty pit. (Photo 50397)

Awaiting execution. (Photo 50076)


The last victim (Photo 50394)


The execution pit full. (Photo 50400)

Click here to see the archival descriptions for these photos.