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According to the plans of the German Command, Vitebsk had become a strong point for the German Army in the East. The Gestapo, Sicherheitsdienst (SD), a large garrison, several headquarters and hospitals functioned in the city.
Repression spread on a large scale. The inhabitants, especially the Jews in the ghetto on the eastern bank of the river Dvina, were executed by thousands.
All pictures by Pavel Maksimov (Blr), 2014.

Vitebsk, main, Belarus

A wartime picture of the river Dvina and the city.