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.
A wartime picture of the river Dvina and the city.