After the Germans swept through Soviet Union in 1941, partisans activity in the occupied territories started prompted by Moscow. The Germans considered the partisans a serious threat (Not without reason). On October 26, 1941, the first partisans were hanged in Minsk.
Here are the chilling images....
The whole execution was filmed by a photographer. Underground workers managed to obtain duplicate pictures, which, after the liberation of Minsk were handed over to the Soviet authorities. These photos featured at the Nuremberg Trials as a document of accusations against Nazi criminals.
|The captured partisans are led in a public procession to the execution site|
|17 year Maria Bruskin being prepared|
|12 partisans were hanged in all|
|The board hanging from the neck reads (written in German and in Russian) "We guerrillas fired on German troops"|