Neal Jackson is curious, Tuesday, August 30, 2005, about the placard used on partisans about to be executed in Minsk
Three partisans being marched through the streets of Minsk to their execution by hanging. The girl is said to be seventeen-year old Masha Bruskina, and the date is October 26, 1941. The young man is Volodya Sherbateivich, the older one is Krill Trous [Full gallery of original photo negatives]
Placard on partisans
I'VE never seen a series of pictures showing throttled people, so forgive my ignorance on the subject. It would appear from the pictures you have posted that all those hanged who are displaying their "crime" about their necks have the same printed sign.
Were these signs mass produced? I would have thought, therefore, that had the female victim been other than a partisan she would have had no sign (as there appear to have been many to go around) much like quite a few of the victims in other pictures from the same series.
David Irving replies:
IT appears to be always the same sign, which is placed around the unfortunate's neck rather like a gruesome version of the school-classroom dunce's cap. I have an open mind as yet about Masha, and wait for more letters to come.
Steve Cass is curious about a line in the latest Radical's Diary: Mr Irving's views on a picture of the execution of partisans | Various web sites identify Masha as an underage Jewish nurse | Galen Jokipii applauds Mr Irving's views on the poise of the condemned