The photo depicts members of the Judenrat on the Umschlagplatz. They are wearing armbands with the title “Umschlagplatzarbeiter” written on them. In 1942, from this square, the Germans transported hundreds of thousands of Jews to Treblinka.
Everyone who showed up on the Umschlagplatz received a loaf of bread for the journey. „They wouldn’t waste bread on us,” people said. The ghetto food ration amounted to 600, sometimes 800 calories — for some, an extra bite was worth more than a human life.
On Stawki Street, a section of the Umschlagplatz’s wall still stands. It is surrounded by pebbles – symbols of remembrance.