June 17, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

I’m at a place called Belzec.

That‘s B-e-l-z-e-c.

It was one of the Nazi German death camps in occupied Poland.

In less than ten months, 500,000 Jews were killed here.

That’s almost 2,000 women, men, and children murdered daily.

Only two people survived Belzec.

In late 1942, the Nazis shut down the camp and tried to hide all traces of it.

For the next 60 years, the site was essentially an empty field.

But then, in an unprecedented partnership, the Polish government and AJC took action.

We demarcated the area, memorialized the victims, and built a museum to educate new generations about the unspeakable horrors there.

This week, with Polish and Israeli friends, we’re marking the tenth anniversary of this project.

It was described by an ambassador as “the most remarkable concept to create a lasting memorial to Holocaust victims where they were killed.”

To see our film about Belzec, visit

This is David Harris of AJC.

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