3: Image, Umschlagplatz Memorial, Warsaw, Poland, 2017.
The Umschlagplatz Memorial, dedicated in 1988, is located on the site from which Jews were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to Nazi death camps. Upon entering the marble memorial, one can read some of the common names of Jews who lived in the ghetto.
Suggested Activity: Looking at the names, what can you learn about the Jews who lived in the ghetto? Which names are familiar? Which languages do you think the names are in? What do the various languages tell you about the diversity of the ghetto?
Auerbach mentions a number of names throughout "Yizkor, 1943," both names that were common for Jews living in Warsaw, as well as names that are specific to individual people, including her relatives. Ask students to think about the many names included in Auerbach's essay and why she may have included them. Why do you think the designers of the Umschlagplatz Memorial chose to honor the memory of the Warsaw ghetto Jews in the way that they did?
Source: Untitled photograph of the Umschlagplatz Memorial, by Rachel Rothstein, 2017.