Nina Talbot

Painter - Writer
painting, Forest Harvest, by Nina Talbot
Forest Harvest, 2020, oil on linen, 20 x 15 inches

Places in Galicia

Forest Harvest

In my maternal grandmother’s town of Dynów, about 400 Jews were murdered when the Nazis invaded. There are two killing fields where this took place. One of them was in the Zurawiec Forest on Karolówka Street, where my great-great grandmother Chaya Spinrad was killed at the age of close to 100. The other killing field is located on a plot of land on the outskirts of town at the intersection of now Ożoga and Słowackiego Streets. This place is where the Nazis marched 200 men down the road where they were ordered to strip, dig a ditch and were shot into it. Thirty-seven members of my family were murdered at these two sites.

After the war, workers dug up the remains of the bodies in the Zurawiec Forest, and buried them in the old Jewish cemetery a small distance away. Villagers put a cross on the forest site in memorium to mark the killing field.