Translated excerpts from the Landgericht Koblenz’s judgment of 21.05.1963 (Justiz und NS-Verbrechen Vol. XIX, Case Nr. 552), mentioned in the blogs Thomas Kues on Maly Trostenets: Lying about a German Court Judgment and Thomas Kues on Maly Trostenets: Trying to discredit the Arlt Reports.
Possibly in April, but probably in May or early June, KdS (= Kommandeur der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD, Commander of Security Police and Security Service) Strauch sent a commando consisting of several dozen men to the location of Slonim, more than 150 km away, in order to conduct executions of indigenous Jews from the local ghetto together with members of the Baranovice dependency. At first men, women and children were collected in the yard of a building. From there they were driven on foot to the execution site about 1-2 km away, which lay along a hillside sloping towards the road. Here they had to wait at a quarry near the pit, until they were taken to the pit in groups. Shortly before the execution began there was an incident. Some of the Jews resisted, threw stones and tried to tear the weapons away from the members of the Waffen-SS standing guard. There was a general melee, which some of the Jews took advantage of two flee. As shots were fired after them there was wild shooting. Many of the escapees were killed. The rest was shot at the pit by a bullet in the neck. As there was not enough pistol ammunition the marksmen used rifles. Due to the short distance from the victims the wounds were such that brain matter spattered about and soiled the bread sacks of the Minsk commando members, which hung on the trucks parked by the pit. About the number killed in Slonim the witness Sk. stated that several hundred Jews had been shot. This information is surely accurate. For this was a stronger execution detachment, which had arrived in several trucks from Minsk and had additionally been reinforced by members of the Baranovice dependency in Slonim. A commando of this size would hardly have been sent over such a large distance if this had only been a small execution. As Sk. didn’t render his estimate more precisely, the jury court considers at least 200 victims proven.
Their shooting was probably only a partial act of a larger extermination measure carried out on this day. For on 31 July 1942 the General Commissioner for White Ruthenia reported to the Reich Commissioner for the Eastern Territories that in the previous ten weeks – that would be the period from mid-May to the end of July – 8,000 Jews had been liquidated in Slonim. However, it cannot be established with certainty whether there was a connection with the mass killing of these 8,000 Jews, as the time of operation in question cannot be determined precisely.