Five Years Ago & Sixty-Five Years Ago
Five years ago, on the 28th of Tammuz , I was hereIn his book "Ordinary Men", Christopher R. Browning wrote what happened on this day, 65 years ago, in nearby Shepetovka:
"Police Battalion 45 had reached the Ukrainian town of Shepetovka on July 24, when its commander Major Martin Besser, was summoned by the head of Police Regiment South, Colonel Franz. Franz told Besser that by order of Himmler the Jews in Russia were to be destroyed and his Police Battalion 45 was to take part in this task. Within days the battalion had massacred the several hundred remaining Jews in Shepetovka, including women and children. Three-figure massacres in various towns followed in August."