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Letter from Szlamek on the Belzec camp sent to Hersz Wasser, April 1942. Manuscript in Polish and Yiddish.
ARG I/0596

The leaders of Oyneg Shabbes sent Szlamek to hide in Zamosc in the South of Poland. He was however arrested and transferred to the Belzec camp opened in March 1942. He provided information on the camp organization by courier to Hersz Wasser, before he himself was assassinated.

Dear Mr. Wasser!
(…) I no longer have the strength to cry, this is most likely the last letter I will write to you, I will most certainly be going to the same place as my parents who departed in the very same way. Advise me as to what I should do (…) otherwise if I never see you again, and I would so like to see you to tell you what I have endured and all the rest: the cemetery is in Belzec in the exact same way as in Chelmno. I also received news from my cousin whom I hadn’t seen for so very long. She is now in Rawa Ruska and has gone to Ojlem Ejmes. My grandpa just died in Biłgoraj, so I no longer have anyone left of my family. How are you and your wife and family? And how are all my friends? I send you all my love, yours, Szlamek.
Wishes from all your friends, I salute you all. I send you my humble salutations. Chilling here is the same as in Chelmno. Our turn is approaching! The cemetery is in Belzec, chilling the villages I mentioned in my letter. That’s all. I embrace you all.