Blobel ordered me to have the children executed. I asked him, "By
whom should the shooting be carried out?" He answered, "By the
Waffen-SS." I raised an objection and said, "They are all
young men. How are we going to answer them if we make them shoot small
To this he said, "Then use your men." I then said, "How
can they do that? They have small children as we" This tug-of-war
lasted about ten minutes .. I suggested that the Ukrainian militia of
the Feldkommandant should shoot the children. There were no objections
from either side to the suggestion ..
I went to the woods alone. The Wehrmacht had already dug a grave. The
children were brought along in a tractor. I had nothing to do with the
technical procedure. The Ukrainians were standing around trembling.
The children were taken down from the tractor. They were lined up along
the top of the grave and shot so that they fell into it. The Ukrainians
did not aim at any particular part of the body. They fell into the
grave. The wailing was indescribable. I shall never forget the scene
throughout my life. I find it very hard to bear.
I particularly remember a small fair-haired girl who took me by the
hand. She too was shot later ... The grave was near some woods. It was
not near the rifle range.
The execution must have taken place in the afternoon at about 3:30 -
4:00. It took place the day after the discussions at the
Feldkommandanten. Many children were hit four or five times before they