Monday, July 16, 2012

Belzec

Group loaded the bus for a 5 hour drive to Belzec, a killing camp near Lublin Poland. When people were sent here they were sent straight to the gas chamber. It was estimated that between 400-500,000 were killed here in the 9 months it was opened. The Nazis simply shut it down because all the Jews in this part of Poland no longer existed. There was nothing left of this camp, but the memorial here was powerful. What made it even more poignant was that one of our leader's paternal grandmother died here and her name was on the wall of the memorial. Pictures do not do it justice. Spending the night at Hotel Europa in Lublin Poland. Tour of the city tomorrow then on to Majdanek, a camp for slave labor.

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