sanok - german soldier by san river517

Sanok - German soldiers by the River San (Chris Webb Private Archive)

Sanok is located approximately 124 miles south-east of Krakow. In 1938, there were 4,773 Jews living in Sanok. At the onset of the Second World War in September 1939, more than 5,000 Jews were living in Sanok, including a number of refugees from Germany, Austria and western Poland.

German armed forces occupied Sanok on September 8, 1939. A few days later on the night of September 16-17, 1939, the Germans burned down three synagogues and destroyed two Jewish printing houses and libraries, containing some 4,000 volumes. On September 26, 1939, the Germans ordered 150 Jewish families to cross the River San into the Soviet controlled zone of occupation. The 'Aktion'