The city was occupied by German troops in late August 1941. On September, 1941 and in early spring 1942, local policemen and German gendarmes murdered Jews of the town in several mass executions. Many hidden Jews were later caught and then shot. Then, the Jewish houses were also plundered. The last remaining Jews were shot in summer 1942, along with Soviet citizens, under the pretext of having links to the partisans.