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75th anniversary of "Aktion Reinhardt"

“Aktion Reinhardt” - extermination of Jews in the General Government

The code name "Operation Reinhardt” was used in the context of the Holocaust not earlier than by June 1942, when the extermination of Jews had already been lasting. It was introduced to pay tribute to Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) and one of the main executors of the plan to exterminate all Jews being under German control, who was shot by the Czech resistance movement.

Introduction to an exhibition catalogue “They Arrived at the Ghetto… And Went into the Unknown…” of 2012

This publication documents an open-air exhibition organized by the State Museum at Majdanek in 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of Jews extermination in the course of “Aktion Reinhardt.”

"Aktion Reinhardt" in documents gathered by the Museum

Lublin played a special role in the “final solution of the Jewish question.” It also served as the command and logistics centre for the "Aktion Reinhardt" aimed at the liquidation of the Jews in the General Government. Odilo Globocnik, the SS and police commander in the Lublin district, was responsible for the implementation of this plan. His tasks included establishing death camps, deporting Jews and taking over their property in favour of the Third Reich.

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