Part three in a series of three guests blogposts, written by Andy Romanoff. All photographs ©2014 Andy Romanoff.
In 1941 the Nazis murdered 740 Jews from Stawiski. This is the road they walked them down.
There at the sign ahead they marched them to the left and went deeper into the Plaszczatka Forest. There was no sign then. There was no need yet.
When I saw this I started crying. Such a beautiful day and such a beautiful path.
But the path led here to this place where they were all killed.
There is a small memorial. Black posts mark the outlines. It’s the place where the bodies were dumped and covered with earth. It’s hard to call it burial.
Some are identified, a few at least.
We had no way of knowing if my family was among those buried here but we left stones at the memorial anyway. There has to be some place for a marker.
Andy Romanoff is a photographer and writer who also worked as a cinematographer, specialist camera operator and businessman for fifty years. Visit his website to see more of his stunning photographs.
Check out “The Cemetery at Stawiski,” and The Town My Mother Came From, parts one and two of this three-part series. Andy has also written guest posts for this blog about his memories of growing up in the Hollywood Park neighborhood of Chicago: Ghost Chicago–Looking for Things No Longer Here–My Childhood, Ghost Chicago–Shaare Tikvah, Albany Park Cool, Bob and Ikey’s Wedding: An Albany Park Story.
Read more about the town of Stawski.