Actually, I don't think it was required that the execution have been
carried out! It seems that they went on all through the spring. It does,
after all, require considerable time to kill and dispose of 22,000 human
beings, especially if you don't follow the German practice of machine
guns firing at people at the edge of a pit. The NKVD did indeed execute
their victims, one at a time, according to a very specific routine. From
the accounts, it seems that there was only one shooter working at each
site at any given time. (I apologize for being so clinical, but the NKVD
was ... clinical!)
It did occur to me when I traced the route of the April 13 train that
left Lwow bound for Ayaguz, that it actually went through Smolensk, as
best I could reconstruct the route (one of the passengers kept a log of
the towns she passed through, and this was published in her memoir of
"Siberia.") So some of the women on the train very likely passed within
a few miles of where their husbands had been imprisoned and perhaps
-- Dan Ford, New Hampshire USA
On 6/2/2012 7:41 PM, Mark Turkiewicz wrote:
> Dan, I am having a moment of re-focus with these documents. Grandma's
> camp is down to one of 5 in Kazahk.
> With the memo of March 22, it seems like 'supreme punishment' had not
> been meted out yet.They had 10 days to complete the prison transfer.
> (assume Kiev for my granddad, as he is in the grave at Bukovina
> according to latest news)
> So April 2nd is 10 days.
> April 10 is the deport memo for the families, which I assume they got
> to shortly after the executions.
> So between April 2 and 10th seems to be a logical period for the
> 'trials' and executions.
> I've been trying to establish an anniversary date of remembrance. I
> wish the creeps with the files would give me that much.
> For now I will continue to co-ordinate with Vimy Ridge Week.
> Thanks Dan
> Mark Turkiewicz