Friday, January 27, 2023

The Traces of Operation "Reinhardt" in Lublin


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Lublin played a significant role in "Einsatz Reinhardt" – the genocidal operation implemented by the Third Reich. It was in Lublin where not only the numerous compounds of terror and forced labour, the looted property storehouses and transhipment stations were established, but also the primary SS offices, from where the German and Austrian Nazis planned and coordinated the mass extermination of Jews in the General Government.

"The Traces of Operation 'Reinhardt' in Lublin" - a documentary film created by the State Museum at Majdanek takes the viewers for a symbolic journey around the locations in the city and its closest surroundings that are directly connected with the German mass murder programme that claimed the lives of nearly 2,000,000 Jews murdered in 1942-1943.

The contemporary views on the historically-related buildings and sites functions as a root for describing their past role in the Holocaust. The aim of the movie is to promote the knowledge about the topography of the German-occupied Lublin, but most importantly, it was created as an act of commemorating the victims - Jewish women, children, and men from Poland, Germany, Austria, the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Slovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, France, and other European countries.

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