An early assessment of German policy towards Jews in occupied 21 The story of a mass shooting is met with disbelief
The Germans occupied Wilno on 24 June 1941. They entered the ghetto on 6 September. During these two and a half months, about 40,000 Jews disappeared from Jewish Wilno . . . The Germans said they were taking the Jews to the labour camp of Ponary. But the Poles were saying that they heard shots at Ponary. Ponary is a beautiful forest beyond Wilno . . .