Ashes from Belzec. Willie Glaser's travels in Poland 2008


In August 2008 our Fürth born friend and rijo’s most prolific guest author Willie Glaser undertook an extensive research and commemorative trip to places in Poland connected to his family’s tragic history: Oswiecim (Auschwitz), the town of his mother’s birth but also where his father was murdered ruthlessly by the Nazis in the infamous concentration camp whose name still overshadows the entire region, Izbica in the eastern part of the country, a transit camp during the German occupation to which his mother and three of his siblings were deported from Fürth in March 1942, and finally the extermination camps of Belzec and Majdanek.

This is the photographic record of his travels from which he brought back new pieces of knowledge about the probable fates of the members of the Glaser family and special memorabilia: ashes from the crematoria of Belzec, which were buried symbolically on the cemetery of his congregation in Montreal.

We want to thank Willie Glaser for sharing these pictures and his report (see links below) with us thus giving many people who cannot travel to those places themselves the chance to see how they look like today given their importance in the persecution and mass murder of Franconian Jewry.



  In the town of Oswiecim (Auschwitz)
  Auschwitz concentration camp
  Montreal (Canada)