Mass killing during the Holocaust began 80 years ago not in distant camps, but in victims’ hometowns, and even in their backyards. After the German army invaded the Soviet Union, special units followed with orders to find and kill those whom Nazi racial theory deemed unworthy of life, particularly Jews. They were rounded up from their homes and, often with the help of local collaborators, shot nearby.
These murders happened in broad daylight. There were many witnesses. They were covered in the international press. And they must not be forgotten.