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Zaburze near Szczebrzeszyn - December 2, 2014.

The pupils and teachers of schools in Zaburze and Radecznica, local residents and other guests gathered around two commemorated graves where 14 Jews lie buried, to pay tribute to the murdered ones. The victims’ names, identified by the Foundation, have been inscribed on the memorial plaques marking the graves. The Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich and the vicar priest of Mokrelipie parish said prayers. The students performed poetry recitations. Among the participants were also eyewitnesses to the events which had taken place in Zaburze in 1942.

The meeting was conducted by Zbigniew Niziński of the Lasting Memory Foundation, who told the guests what had happened there during the war. The Jews, men and women, were hiding in the woods not to be deported to the Szczebrzeszyn ghetto. Some of them came from a neighboring village Latyczyn. They made an underground shelter in one of the gullies. In late fall of 1942, boys from Zaburze discovered the bodies of murdered Jews lying right next to their hiding place. They noticed a box with a strap for praying, abandoned nearby. The then mayor told the locals to bury the dead. In the other place, the victims were two sisters, daughters of Dawid who ran a shop in Zaburze. The third victim remains unknown and probably came from the village Róża near Tomaszów Lubelski. One of the residents said: “as a ten-year-old girl I saw the three murdered Jewish women.” The children, through the poems they recited, expressed a wish for the world to be free of evil and hatred.

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