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Bruce Drake

“The Testimony of Rudolph Rader” from the Yizkor book of Skalat (Ukraine) is a first person account of Belzec, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland. While the horrors he relates make difficult reading, chapters like these are part of the remembrances of Jews who have suffered or perished that Yizkor books were meant to provide. Before the war, Rader had resided in Lvov, and remained there until August 16, 1942. He spent four months in Belzec and survived because he was one of the workers forced to assist the Germans in the “death factory.” That also proved to be his salvation when a Gestapo agent in charge sent him under guard to Lvov to find tin that was needed at the camp. “’Don't escape!” he told me.’” But that exactly what he did when his guard fell asleep.
After the liberation, Rader returned to Belzec because of “a strong desire to see the place in which the Germans “had asphyxiated two and a half million human beings who wanted very much to live.” By that time, the Germans had covered over the site with greenery and Rader found himself walking in a field until he came to a fragrant pine forest. “A deep silence prevailed there. Amidst the forest was a large, bright forest field.”
Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD
Towns" Wojnilow, Kovel

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Lucy Baras survived the Nazis in Skalat, and wrote a memoir that is housed in the Archives Dept of Library of UWisconsin - Milwaukee. She called her story "Twentieth Century Cavemen." It's 300+ pages long, detailed and excellent. Her birth name was Lusia Rothstein. She was born in Skalat in 1911 and died in Wisconsin 2002.  Perhaps there is some way this work could be added to info in the new edition of the Skalat Yizkor book.
Baras, Lucy [WorldCat Identities]

Excerpts appear in Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey. 

Susan J Gordon
Also Lvov, Chernivitsi