Lakhovtsy Rovno oblast, Ukraine
Other names: Jews of the town knew it as Lechowitz or Lechevits. The Polish version was Lachowce. After the war, the town was renamed to Belogorye by the Russian government. Now part of the Ukraine, it is called Bilohirya. There are multiple spelling variations.
Location: latitude 50, longitude 26.25. Nearby towns include Yampol, Kornitsa, and Kremenets.
The Holocaust had a devastating effect on the Jews of Lakhovtsy. When Germany invaded Russia on June 22, 1942, in Operation Barbarossa, many residents were trapped by the swift and forceful invasion. The town was occupied in early July o 1941. The situation quickly became very grim. Hundreds of people were shot to death over the summer of 1941. The remaining Jews were confined to an overcrowded ghetto until the following summer. At that time, the Germans formed Eisatzgruppen, or killing squads, to carry out German orders to execute communist officials, Jews, politicians, and others. In Laskovtsy, there were mass shootings in the surrounding forests, killing virtually the entire Jewish population.
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