Belzec May 2005. Momument at entrance. The rocks are covering the mass grave. The center walkway leads to a wall engraved with the first names of all who were murdered here. The Nazis had leveled this ground and planted trees to hide the destruction. .
At the rear of the monument is a wall listing the first names of all who were murdered here. Cantor Taube found the names of his mom Ruchla and sister Pnina. He then cantored the prayers of the dead for them. I didn’t want to photograph this extremely sad and emotional time.
The mother-in-law of one of the WQED producers, Naomi Samson, had escaped from the village of Goraj. She survived by hiding under the floorboards of the barn of a local family for 3 years. Her story is told in her autobiography Hide.
600,000 Jews were murdered in 9 months at Samson, had escaped from the village of Belzec. Looking at their shoes that were preserved while their lives were destroyed deeply disturbed me.