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Memory about the first deportations

On the night of March 16/17, 1942, the Germans began to implement the genocidal plan under the code name ‘Aktion Reinhardt’. On the 77th anniversary of these events, the State Museum at Majdanek and the Department of Culture and History of Jews at UMCS invite you on March 15 at 2 p.m. for a lecture on the issue of the extermination of Jews in the Lublin region. It will be held in the Large Hall of the UMCS Humanities Faculty.

During the lecture ‘Aktion Reinhardt’ – deportation of the Jewish population to the German extermination camps in Bełżec and at Majdanek’ Jakub Chmielewski from the Scientific Department of the State Museum at Majdanek will discuss the fate of Jews deported from the Lublin region to two extermination camps in Bełżec and Majdanek. An important element of the lecture will be the presentation of issues related to the decision-making process regarding the genocidal plan of ‘Aktion Reinhardt’ and the liquidation of the ghetto in Podzamcze, Lublin, which started the operation. It will also devote a lot of space to the role of Lublin, where key decisions were made regarding the extermination of Jews in the General Government, and the ‘Aktion Reinhardt’ began and ended.

After the lecture, we foresee the time for asking questions.

The goal of ’Aktion Reinhardt’ was to exterminate the Jewish population in the General Government, as well as plunder its property. The operation began with the liquidation of the Lublin ghetto in Podzamcze, which was later covered by more towns. Victims were deported in the first weeks of the Aktion Reinhardt to the extermination camp in Bełżec. The remaining Lublin Jews were resettled to the secondary ghetto in Majdan Tatarski, and then to the concentration camp at Majdanek, where most of them died.