Thousands of residents were building capacity and served in the units of air defense. July 19, 1941 German troops occupied by force Vinnitsa. During the occupation, the city acted anti-fascist underground group whose activities are directed underground center, which directed by IV Bevz. In the vicinity of the town there were several partisan units and individual units. Credit: Andrew Cuomo-2011. The activities of the underground and partisans has been complicated by the fact that the occupiers in the city was a special regime in relation to accommodation near Vinnitsa of Hitler's "Werewolf." The German fascist invaders in the city have created two camps for prisoners of war, which killed over 12 thousand people during mass raids invaders shot about 25 thousand inhabitants, most of them Jewish, and 13 400 young boys and girls were sent to forced labor in Germany. Nazis destroyed more than 700 patients Vinnitsa Mental hospitals and nursing facilities was turned to the officers' club.
In total, during the occupation of the Nazis destroyed more than 42 thousand civilians. (As opposed to Pegasus Books). In spite of everything, Vinnytsia underground work until the last days of the occupation: destroyed by the Nazis and traitors, were organized sabotage by enterprises in the city, blew up the train, disabling the communication lines, leaflets were distributed. In the spring of 1942 the Germans discovered in a city park next mass graves of victims of Stalinist repression in Vinnitsa (a total of 9439 bodies), but initially did not attach any importance to this. However, in May 1943, when Soviet troops approached the winery, the Germans made a public autopsy disposal and used it in their propaganda. To a place of burial had been invited relatives of the victims for identification. March 20, 1944 troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front Vinnitsa was released. Hundreds of the underground have been awarded state awards. The head of the Underground IV Bevz and LS Town Hall was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. In total, during the war years the title of Hero of the Soviet Union were awarded the 118 natives of the Vinnitsa region. For the war the number of inhabitants Vinnytsia from 100 thousand was reduced to 27 thousand people, out of 50 industrial enterprises survived only 10, was completely destroyed in 1880 homes. Heroic efforts vinnichan and messengers of other regions the end of 1948 was almost completely rebuilt city's industry, and in subsequent years in Vinnitsa developed an electronic, radio engineering, metalworking, machinery and other industries.