The conman would also trick his victims of their money by 'forgetting his wallet' at hotels or shelling out cash for expensive office rentals once they believed they were hired by him, NBC New York reported.
It is a familiar image, one people have seen in countless variations: a group of peasants at harvest time after work, resting contentedly with their tools behind a pile of crops.
The latrine area in Bełżec yielded also small skeletons—most likely of Jewish children who had been drowned there by camp guards.
The area surrounding the death camps was indeed, as Rachela Auerbach suggested, a Polish Colorado—not just on account of what happened there after the war, but mainly during the war.
Given the size of the site, approximating that of a sports stadium, it must have looked like a busy anthill. Like Treblinka, Bełżec was dismantled by the Germans, and the camp’s terrain was plowed over, and trees and grass were planted to cover mass graves.
Bełżec was the first death camp to close—in mid-1943.
“I didn’t know that looking for gold and valuables at the site of the former camp at Treblinka was forbidden, because Soviet soldiers also went there with us to search.
Treblinka guards traded with the locals, buying alcohol, tasty food, and sex, and the inflow of capital into the area was beyond anything that had happened there before or has happened since.
In addition to a small staff of SS men, Treblinka’s personnel was made up of released Soviet POWs, mostly Ukrainians, trained by the SS to serve as guards.
Those young men, about a hundred of them altogether, treated with contempt by their German superiors, were called or, alternatively, “Blacks,” from the color of their uniforms.
The peasants have been digging through remains of Holocaust victims, hoping to find gold and precious stones that their Nazi executioners may have overlooked.
This innocent-looking image links two central events of the Holocaust—the mass murder of European Jews and the accompanying looting of their property.
Maybe something could still be found,” she writes, “maybe a golden tooth?