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Open lectures on the 76th anniversary of “Aktion Reinhardt”

On the night of 16 to 17 March 1942, liquidation of the German ghetto for Jews in Podzamcze in Lublin took place. The next day the Jews were deported in the first mass deportation to the German Nazi concentration camp in Bełżec. It was the beginning of ‘Aktion Reinhard.’ On 16 March 2018, the 76th anniversary of those events, we would like to invite you to Maria Curie-Skłodowska University to participate in open lectures regarding this subject.

The event involves two lectures prepared by the employees of the State Museum at Majdanek:

1. ‘Special actions’ during liquidation of the German ghetto for Jews in Lublin

The subject of the lecture will be so-called ‘special actions’ led by German safety authorities during mass deportations to the death camp in Bełżec. Between the night of 16/17 March and 14 April 1942, as a part of the ghetto liquidation in Podzamcze in Lublin, 28,000 Jewish women, men and children were transported to the camp to be murdered. About 2,000 people were killed on the spot. The lecture will be given by Jakub Chmielewski from the Science Department of the State Museum at Majdanek.

2. The death camp in Bełżec according to testimonies by Rudolf Reder and Chaim Hirszman

From among the victims of SS-Sonderkommando Belzec only two men were rescued – Rudolf Reder and Chaim Hirszman, who after the Second World War filled a report about the camp. Apart from the survivors, the lecture will focus on the functioning of the camp in Bełżec as well as on the mechanism of the Holocaust – starting with the circumstances and conditions of deportation, to the liquidation of the camp and covering up traces of genocide committed in Bełżec. The lecture will be given by Jarosław Joniec from the Museum –Memorial Site in Bełżec.

Date and place:

16 March 2018, 1.00 p.m.

Mała Aula, Faculty of Humanities, Maria Curie Skłodowska University

Free entry