„There was madness on the Jewish streets the worst nightmare could’t compare to that” — the liquidation of the Lublin ghettos

3.02.2015, 11:00 pm

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The Biological Extermination of the Jewish community in Lublin began during the night between the 16th and 17th of March 1942 with the liquidation of the Podzamcze ghetto. It was the beginning of a more widespread process, codenamed “Operation Reinhardt” by the Germans. The liquidation of the local ghetto was a “practice run” of sorts and the experience gained through it was to be applied during the deportation of Jews from other towns. The Annihilation of Lublin Jews was carried out in two main stages, distinguished by the dates during which two local ghettos functioned: the Podzamcze ghetto and then the suburban Majdan Tatarski ghetto, liquidated in the early days of November 1942. From that point on small groups of Lublin Jews were detained in Lublin only in the Majdanek concentration camp, the Lipowa 7 and Flugplatz work camps and a few smaller work centers.

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