In Dolhasca, there was a gendarme chief who was named Bortik, he was 35 at that time. During the train journey of the Jews, the gendarmes made the train stop at Brobota, to take out the women. The trains were coming from the direction of Tchernovtsy. They raped them, took their valuables and then they killed them. In the village, some Jews were killed by the Gendarmes and buried not far from the stopping point. One year later, in 1942, the roundup of the Roma began. Just the evening before the arrest of my family, my mother asked me to hide in the forest. All of my family members were arrested and deported on the train; they never returned. – Victor S.
Over 15 days in this region, Yahad-In Unum, along with the Roma Dignity team, interviewed 31 witnesses and identified two mass graves of Jews, without monuments.
- Regions of Suceava and Botosani
- Investigated towns/villages: Gulia, Dolhasca, Dolhesti, Dolhesti Mici, Lespezi, Budeni, Brobota, Dumbrava, Veresti, Soci, Mascateni, Stefanesti, Badiuti, Darabani, Plopeni Mici, Sapoveni, Aurel Vlai, Voitinel, Varatec, Paltinis, Darabani, Bacau.
Before the war, a large Jewish population lived in the region and in the towns including: Stefanesti, Lespezi, Dolhasca, Saveni, Darabani, Dorohoi and Radauti.
This was a special trip for us because throughout this investigative trip, we not only interviewed Roma survivors of the deportation but also witnesses to:
- The shootings of the Jews
- Testimonies on the looting of Jewish belongings
- Roundup and interment of Jews in forced labor camps in Romania
- Rape of Jewish women