Guided tours around the shtetls and in the Museum-Memorial Site in Belzec
Szczebrzeszyn (Shebreshin). The oldest mention of a Jewish community there dates back to the 15th c. Within a few centuries, Jews dealing mainly with crafts and trade settled around the main square. In the 16th c., a cemetery was established on the outskirts of the town’s centre. Today, it is one of the oldest and biggest preserved cemeteries in Poland, holding hundreds of tombstones.
Visit: the synagogue building (today culture centre), Jewish cemetery and the memorial for the victims of mass execution on the site.
Jozefow. The Jewish settlement there was established with the town, in the 18th c. In the 19th c., Becalel Waks established the first Hebrew printing house in Jozefow. Within the next few decades, the town became famous as the most active printing centre in the Lublin Region, having over half of its Jewish population working in printing and involved in selling books.
Visit: the synagogue building (today a library), Jewish cemetery, quarry, execution site and the memorial in the forest.
Belzec. The death camp in Belzec, established in March 1942, was the first place where stationary gas chambers were used for the mass killing of Jewish people. Within only a few months of its functioning, until December 1942, around 400 thousand people were murdered in this camp.
Visit: the memorial on the area of the camp, museum and the commandant’s building.
Travel to Zamosc
Night in Zamosc