The Beginning of the End

On June 23, 1941, Zurawno was drawn into World War II. It was the beginning of the end for the Jewish community. During the winter of 1941 - 1942, more than 150 Jews died of illness or starvation. Other Jews "disappeared" and were never seen again. By August 1, 1944 when Zurawno was liberated, the majority of Jews had been killed or died of hardships imposed by the occupation.

There is no one among the Zurawno descendants who did not lose relatives during the Shoah. The Zurawno Jews helped each other in their efforts to survive, showing love and courage in the face of unfathomable and horrific events. Through these pages we bear witness to their lives and their suffering, and honor their memories.

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The Start of German Occupation

On June 22, 1941, the war between Germany and Russia broke out. On the second day of the war, a general mobilization took place, during which hundreds of men were enlisted from Zurawno. There were many Jews among them.

There was a great deal of tension in the town and the Jews were very fearful about the coming of the Germans. The Ukrainians, however, waited for them as if they were liberators. More...