An acquaintance who lived across the street from the penitentiary told them that on the night of June 28, 1941, he had heard gunshots and blood-curdling screams coming from there.
What Kindrat saw at the prison, which was run by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, horrified him.
“From the courtyard, doors led to a large space, filled from top to bottom with corpses,” he later wrote. “The bottom ones were still warm. The victims were between 15 and 60 years old, but most were 20-35 years old. They laid in various poses, with open eyes and masks of terror on their faces. Among them were many women.