* in the occupied territories
Place of the execution of captured Red Army soldiers on the 23rd line
The incident happened in Rostov-on-Don when the city was occupied by Wehrmacht and its allies on November 21, 1941. This was the period of the first occupation of Rostov, which lasted until November 28, 1941. Soviet troops under the command of Marshal S. K. Timoshenko launched a counterattack and fought off the city. Although the occupation lasted only for a week, Nazis left significant number of victims.
Judging by the captain of the Red Army S. Kochetov’s report, 35 prisoners of war (POWs) were executed near the Academic Youth Theater.
According to recollections of people suffered from occupation, the executions were carried out by the SS battalions, in particular, the SS troops of the “Leibstandard Adolf Hitler” division.