Railway Station in Chełm as I remember it.
I was born
, a small town in the Lublin province. The family manor house
belonging to my grandfather Mieczysław Żółciński was situated in the nearby village of Sobibór on the Chełm-Włodawa railway line. It was there my mother Anna, my uncle Zygmunt and aunt Irena were born.
During WWII the Germans set up a death camp in the vicinity of Sobibór. Approximately a quarter of million Jews and around a thousand Poles were murdered there.
Books and stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
give a colorful account of Jewish life and culture in pre-war Lublin province. According to Yiddish
folklore, Chełm is a legendary town of fools