The Info List - Operation Reinhard

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Bełżec Sobibór Treblinka
ADDITIONAL: Chełmno Majdanek Auschwitz II
Auschwitz II

GHETTO European, and Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Poland including Białystok
, Częstochowa , Kraków
, Lublin , Łódź , Warsaw and others

VICTIMS Approximately 2 million Jews

MEMORIALS On camp sites and deportation points

NOTES This was the most lethal phase of the Holocaust .

OPERATION REINHARD or OPERATION REINHARDT (German : Aktion Reinhard or Aktion Reinhardt also Einsatz Reinhard or Einsatz Reinhardt) was the codename given to the secretive German Nazi plan to mass-murder most Polish Jews in the General Government
General Government
district of German-occupied Poland , during World War II. The operation marked the deadliest phase of the Holocaust with the introduction of extermination camps .

As many as two million Jews were sent to Bełżec , Sobibór , and Treblinka
, to be put to death in gas chambers built for that purpose. In addition, mass killing facilities using Zyklon B were developed at about the same time within the Majdanek concentration camp , and at Auschwitz II-Birkenau near the existing Auschwitz I camp for Polish prisoners.


* 1 Background * 2 Operational name

* 3 Death camps

* 3.1 Extermination process * 3.2 Camp commandants

* 4 Temporary substitution policy * 5 Disposition of the property of the victims * 6 Aftermath and cover up * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References * 10 Sources


The first concentration camps in Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
were established in 1933 as soon as the National Socialist regime developed. They were used for coercion , forced labour , and imprisonment, not for mass murder. The camp system expanded dramatically with the onset of the Second World War , in 1939. The new network of Nazi concentration camps built by SS in Germany, Austria, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe began exploiting foreign captives in war industry. The prisoners locked into forced labour began dying by the tens of thousands from starvation and untreated disease, or summary executions meant to inflict terror as at Soldau concentration camp , or Stutthof , with 40 sub-camps set up contingently for maximum profit. Some of the most notorious slave labour camps included Mauthausen , Dachau , Bergen-Belsen , Gross-Rosen (with 100 subcamps), Ravensbrück (70 subcamps), and Auschwitz (with 44 subcamps eventually), among other locations.

The Nazis had decided to undertake the European-wide Final Solution to the Jewish Question in January 1942 during a secret meeting of German leaders called by Obergruppenführer
Reinhard Heydrich . The newly drafted Operation Reinhard
Operation Reinhard
would be a major step in the systematic liquidation of the Jews in occupied Europe , beginning with those in the General Government. Within months, three top-secret camps (at Bełżec , Sobibór , and Treblinka
) were built solely to efficiently kill thousands of people each day. These camps differed from the likes of Auschwitz and Majdanek , because the latter operated as forced-labour camps initially, before they became death camps fitted with crematoria. Unlike "mixed" extermination camps, the extermination camps of Operation Reinhard
Operation Reinhard
took no prisoners and victims were killed on arrival. A very few survived by successfully escaping.

The organizational apparatus behind the new extermination plan had been put to the test already during the euthanasia Aktion T4 programme ending in August 1941, which resulted in the murders of more than 70,000 Polish and German disabled men, women, and children. The SS officers responsible for the Aktion T4, including Christian Wirth , Franz Stangl , and Irmfried Eberl , were all given key roles in the implementation of the "Final Solution" in 1942.


Reinhard Heydrich shown as the SS-Gruppenführer and General of the Police

The origin of the operation's name is debated by Holocaust researchers. Various German documents spell the name differently, some with "t" after "d" (as in "Aktion Reinhardt"), others without it. Yet a different spelling was used in the Höfle Telegram . It is generally believed that Aktion Reinhardt, outlined at Wannsee on 20 January 1942, was named after Reinhard Heydrich, the coordinator of the Endlösung der Judenfrage (the Final Solution of the Jewish Question) which entailed the extermination of the Jews living in the European countries occupied by the Third Reich. Heydrich was attacked by British-trained Czechoslovakian agents on 27 May 1942 and died of his injuries eight days later. The earliest memo spelling out Einsatz Reinhard was relayed two months later.

In November 1946, Rudolf Höss , the former commandant of Auschwitz , suggested in a report while in Polish custody in Kraków
, that Operation Reinhardt might have been named after the German State Secretary of Finance Fritz Reinhardt , who was in charge of the collection, sorting, and utilisation of personal belongings acquired from Jews killed at the extermination camps. However, Höss' theory cannot be proven by surviving documents. Heydrich himself had spelled his first name both Reinhard and Reinhardt throughout the 1930s according to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler . Meanwhile, Fritz Reinhardt and his ministry became involved with the operation well after it had received its name, according to historians Peter Witte and Stephen Tyas, thus confirming that the operation was indeed named after Reinhard Heydrich.


SS and Police Leader Odilo Globocnik in charge of Operation Reinhard

On 13 October 1941, SS and Police Leader Odilo Globocnik headquartered in Lublin received an oral order from Heinrich Himmler – anticipating the fall of Moscow – to start immediate construction work on the first killing centre at Bełżec in the General Government
General Government
territory of occupied Poland. Notably, the order preceded the Wannsee Conference
Wannsee Conference
by three months. The new camp was operational by March 1942, with leadership brought in from Germany under the guise of Organisation Todt (OT).

Globocnik was given complete control over the entire programme. All highly secretive orders he received came directly from Himmler and not from SS-Gruppenführer Richard Glücks , head of the greater Nazi concentration camp system run by the SS-Totenkopfverbände , and engaged in slave labour for the war effort . Each death camp was managed by between 20 and 35 officers from the Totenkopfverbände sworn to absolute secrecy, and augmented by the Aktion T4 personnel selected by Globocnik. The extermination program was designed by them based on prior experience from the forced euthanasia centres. The bulk of the actual labour at each "final solution" camp was performed by up to 100, mostly Ukrainian Trawniki guards , recruited by SS- Hauptsturmführer Karl Streibel
Karl Streibel
from among the Soviet prisoners of war, and up to a thousand Sonderkommando
prisoners whom they used to terrorise. The SS called their volunteer guards "Hiwis ", an abbreviation of Hilfswillige (lit. "willing to help" ). According to the testimony of SS-Oberführer Arpad Wigand
Arpad Wigand
during his 1981 war crimes trial in Hamburg, only 25 percent of recruited collaborators could speak German.

By mid-1942, two more death camps had been built on Polish lands: Sobibór (operational by May 1942) under the leadership of Hauptsturmführer Franz Stangl, and Treblinka
(operational by July 1942) under SS-Obersturmführer Irmfried Eberl. The 1944 aerial photo of Treblinka
II. The new farmhouse for a guard and a livestock building are visible to the lower left. The photograph is overlaid with already-dismantled structures (marked in red/orange). On the left-hand side are the SS and the Trawnikis
living quarters (1) with barracks defined by the surrounding walkways. At the bottom (2) are the railway ramp and unloading platform (centre), marked with the red arrow. The "road to heaven" is marked with a dashed line. The undressing barracks for men and women, surrounded by a solid fence with no view of the outside, are marked with two rectangles. The location of the new, big gas chambers (3) is marked with a cross. The burial pits, dug with a crawler excavator , are in light yellow.

The killing mechanism consisted of a large internal-combustion engine pumping exhaust fumes into homicidal gas chambers through long pipes. Starting in February–March 1943 the bodies of the dead were exhumed and cremated in pits. Treblinka, the last camp to become operational, utilised knowledge learned by the SS previously. With two powerful V-8 petrol engines, run by SS-Scharführer Erich Fuchs , and gas chambers built of bricks and mortar, this death factory had killed between 800,000 and 1,200,000 people within 15 months, disposed of their bodies, and sorted their belongings for shipment to Germany.

The techniques used to deceive victims and the camps' overall layout were based on a pilot project of mobile killing conducted at the Chełmno extermination camp (Kulmhof), which began operating in late 1941 and used gas vans . Chełmno was not a part of Reinhard. It came under the direct control of SS- Standartenführer
Ernst Damzog , commander of the SD in Reichsgau Wartheland
Reichsgau Wartheland
. It was set up around a manor house similar to Sonnenstein . The use of gas vans had been previously tried and tested in the extermination of Jews on the Russian Front by the Einsatzgruppen . Between early December 1941 and mid-April 1943, 160,000 Jews were sent to Chełmno from the General Government via the Ghetto in Łódź . Chełmno did not have crematoria; only the mass graves in the woods. It was a testing ground for the establishment of faster methods of killing and incinerating people, marked by the construction of stationary facilities for the mass murder. The Reinhard death factories adapted progressively as each new site was built.

Taken as a whole, Globocnik's camps at Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka
had almost identical design, including staff members transferring between locations. The camps were situated within wooded areas well away from population centres. All were constructed near branch lines that linked to the Polish railway system; and each had an unloading ramp at a fake railway station, as well as a reception area that contained undressing barracks, barber shops, and money depositories. Beyond the receiving zone, at each camp was a narrow, camouflaged path (the so-called Himmelfahrtsstraße, the Road to Heaven, or der Schlauch known by the SS) that led to the extermination zone consisting of gas chambers, and the burial pits, up to 10 metres (33 ft) deep. Later, cremation pyres were introduced with rails laid across the pits on concrete blocks; refuelled continuously by the Totenjuden. Both Treblinka
and Bełżec were equipped with powerful crawler excavators from Polish construction sites in the vicinity, capable of most digging tasks without disrupting surfaces. At each camp, the SS guards and Ukrainian Trawnikis
lived in a separate area from the Jewish work units. Wooden watchtowers and barbed-wire fences camouflaged with pine branches surrounded all camps.

The killing centres had no electric fences, as the size of prisoner Sonderkommandos
(work units) remained relatively easy to control, unlike in camps such as Dachau and Auschwitz. To assist with the arriving transports only specialised squads were kept alive, removing and disposing of bodies, and sorting property and valuables from the dead victims. The Totenjuden forced to work inside death zones were kept in isolation from those who worked in the reception and sorting area. Periodically, those who worked in the death zones would be killed and replaced with new arrivals to remove any potential witnesses to the scale of the mass murder.

During Operation Reinhard, Globocnik oversaw the systematic killing of more than 2,000,000 Jews from Poland, Czechoslovakia
, France
, the Reich (Germany and Austria), the Netherlands
, Greece
, Hungary
, Italy
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
. An undetermined number of Roma were also killed in these death camps, many of them children.


Deportation of Jews to Treblinka
during liquidation of the Biała Podlaska ghetto, perpetrated by the Reserve Police Battalion 101 in October 1942

In order to achieve their purposes, all death camps used subterfuge and misdirection to conceal the truth and trick their victims into cooperating. This element had been developed in Aktion T4, when disabled and handicapped people were taken away for "special treatment" by the SS from "Gekrat" wearing white laboratory coats, thus giving the process an air of medical authenticity. After supposedly being assessed, the unsuspecting T4 patients were transported to killing centres. The same euphemism "special treatment" ( Sonderbehandlung ) was used in the Holocaust .

The SS used a variety of ruses to move thousands of new arrivals travelling in Holocaust trains to the disguised killing sites without unleashing panic. Mass deportations were called "resettlement actions "; they were organised by special Commissioners, and conducted by uniformed police battalions from Orpo and Schupo in an atmosphere of terror. Usually, the deception was absolute. For example, in August 1942, people of the Warsaw Ghetto
Warsaw Ghetto
lined up for several days to be "deported" in order to obtain bread allocated for travel. Jews unable to move or attempting to flee were shot on the spot. Even though death in the cattle cars from suffocation and thirst was rampant, affecting up to 20 percent of trainloads, most victims were willing to believe that the German intentions were different. Once alighted, the prisoners were ordered to leave their luggage behind and march directly to the "cleaning area" where they were asked to hand over their valuables for "safekeeping". Common tricks included the presence of a railway station with awaiting "medical personnel" and signs directing people to disinfection facilities. Treblinka
also had a booking office with boards naming the connections for other camps further East. The railway schedule (or Fahrplananordnung) outlining all transports being sent to Treblinka
on 25 August 1942

The Jews most apprehensive of danger were brutally beaten in order to speed up the process. At times, the new arrivals who had suitable skills were selected to join the Sonderkommando. Once in the changing area, the men and boys were separated from the women and children, and everyone was ordered to disrobe for a communal bath: "quickly – they were told – or the water will get cold." The old and sick, or slow, prisoners were taken to a fake infirmary named the Lazarett, that had a large mass grave behind it. They were killed by a bullet in the neck, while the rest were being forced into the gas chambers.

To drive the naked people into the execution barracks housing the gas chambers, the guards used whips, clubs, and rifle butts. Panic was instrumental in filling the gas chambers, because the need to evade blows on their naked bodies forced the victims rapidly forward. Once packed tightly inside (to minimize available air), the steel air-tight doors with portholes were closed. The doors, according to Treblinka Museum research, originated from the Soviet military bunkers around Białystok
. Although other methods of extermination, such as the cyanic poison Zyklon B , were already being used at other Nazi killing centres such as Auschwitz, the Aktion Reinhard camps used lethal exhaust gases from captured Soviet tank engines. Fumes would be discharged directly into the gas chambers for a given period, then the engines would be switched off. SS guards would determine when to reopen the gas doors based on how long it took for the screaming to stop from within (usually 25 to 30 minutes). Special
teams of camp inmates (Sonderkommando) would then remove the corpses on flatbed carts. Before the corpses were thrown into grave pits, gold teeth were removed from mouths, and orifices were searched for jewellery, currency, and other valuables. All acquired goods were managed by the Main SS Economic and Administrative Department . The Höfle Telegram , which was an intercepted SS Enigma message , records the total number of people sent to KL Lublin/Majdanek , Bełżec , Sobibór and Treblinka
as 1,274,166 in 1942.

During the early phases of Operation Reinhard, victims were simply thrown into mass graves and covered with lime . However, from 1943 onwards, to hide the evidence of this war crime, all bodies were burned in open air pits. Special
Leichenkommando (corpse units) had to exhume bodies from the mass graves around these death camps for incineration.

Nevertheless, Reinhard still left a paper trail. In January 1943, Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park
intercepted an SS telegram by Sturmbannführer
Hermann Höfle , Globocnik's deputy in Lublin, to Obersturmbannführer
Adolf Eichmann in Berlin
. The decoded Enigma message contained statistics showing a total of 1,274,166 arrivals at the four Aktion Reinhard camps until the end of 1942, but the British code-breakers did not understand the meaning of the message, which amounted to material evidence of how many people the Germans themselves confirmed they had murdered.



Bełżec SS- Sturmbannführer
Christian Wirth December 1941 – 31 July 1942 600,000

SS- Hauptsturmführer Gottlieb Hering 1 August 1942 – December 1942

Sobibór SS- Hauptsturmführer Richard Thomalla March 1942 – April 1942 Camp construction

SS- Hauptsturmführer Franz Stangl May 1942 – September 1942 250,000

SS- Hauptsturmführer Franz Reichleitner September 1942 – October 1943

SS- Hauptsturmführer Richard Thomalla May 1942 – June 1942 Camp construction

SS-Obersturmführer Irmfried Eberl July 1942 – September 1942 800,000–900,000

SS- Hauptsturmführer Franz Stangl September 1942 – August 1943

SS-Untersturmführer Kurt Franz August 1943 – November 1943

Lublin/Majdanek SS- Standartenführer
Karl-Otto Koch October 1941 – August 1942 130,000 (78,000 confirmed)

SS- Sturmbannführer
Max Koegel August 1942 – November 1942

SS-Obersturmführer Hermann Florstedt November 1942 – October 1943

SS- Obersturmbannführer
Martin Gottfried Weiss November 1, 1943 – May 5, 1944

SS- Obersturmbannführer
Arthur Liebehenschel
Arthur Liebehenschel
May 5, 1944 – July 22, 1944


In the winter of 1941, before the Wannsee Conference
Wannsee Conference
but after the commencement of Operation Barbarossa
Operation Barbarossa
, the Nazi demands for forced labor greatly intensified. Therefore, Himmler and Heydrich approved the Jewish substitution policy in Upper Silesia and in Galicia under the "destruction through labor" doctrine. The masses of ethnic Poles had already been sent to the Reich, creating a labour shortage in the General Government. Around March 1942, while the first extermination camp (Bełżec) only began gassing, the deportation trains arriving in the Lublin reservation from the Third Reich and Slovakia were searched for the Jewish skilled workers. After selection, they were delivered to Majdan Tatarski instead of for "special treatment" at Bełżec. For a short time these Jewish laborers were temporarily spared death, while their families and all others perished. Some were relegated to work at a nearby airplane factory or as forced labor in the SS-controlled Strafkompanies and other work camps. Hermann Höfle was one of the chief supporters and implementers of this policy.

However, the problems were the food they required and the ensuing logistical challenges. Globocnik and Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger complained, and the mass transfer had stopped even before the three extermination camps were working at full throttle.


See also: August Frank memorandum

Approximately 178 million German Reichsmarks worth of Jewish property (current approximate value: around US$ 700 million or 550 million Euro ) was taken from the victims, with vast transfers of gold and valuables to the Reichsbank
's "Melmer" account, Gold Pool, and monetary reserve. But this wealth did not only go to the German authorities, because corruption was rife within the death camps. Many of the individual SS members and policemen involved in the killings took cash, property, and valuables for themselves. SS-Sturmbannführer Georg Konrad Morgen , an SS judge from the SS Courts Office , prosecuted so many Nazi officers for individual violations that by April 1944, Himmler personally ordered him to restrain his cases.


Operation Reinhard
Operation Reinhard
ended in November 1943. Most of the staff and guards were then sent to northern Italy
for further Aktion against Jews and local partisans . Globocnik went to the San Sabba concentration camp, where he supervised the detention, torture, and killing of political prisoners .

At the same time, to cover up the mass murder of more than two million people in Poland during Operation Reinhard, the Nazis implemented the secret Sonderaktion 1005 , also called Aktion 1005 or Enterdungsaktion ("exhumation action"). The operation, which began in 1942 and continued until the end of 1943, was designed to remove all traces that mass murder had been carried out. Leichenkommando ("corpse units") comprising camp prisoners were created to exhume mass graves and cremate the buried bodies, using giant grills made from wood and railway tracks. Afterwards, bone fragments were ground up in special milling machines, and all remains were then re-buried in freshly dug pits. The Aktion was overseen by squads of the Trawniki guards .

After the war, some of the SS officers and guards were tried and sentenced at the Nuremberg trials for their role in Operation Reinhard and Sonderaktion 1005; however, many others escaped conviction, such as Ernst Lerch , Globocnik's deputy and chief of his Main Office, whose case was dropped for lack of witness testimony.


* Action 14f13 (1941–44), a Nazi extermination operation that killed prisoners who were sick, elderly, or deemed no longer fit for work * Aktion Erntefest (November 1943), an operation to kill all the remaining Jews in the Lublin Ghetto * August Frank memorandum theft of victim's property * Operation Reinhard
Operation Reinhard
in Warsaw (Grossaktion Warsaw, July 1942) , a similar operation to move Jews to the death camps * Katzmann Report (1943), a document detailing the outcome of Operation Reinhard
Operation Reinhard
in southern Poland. * Korherr Report , a report from the SS statistical bureau detailing how many Jews remained alive in Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and occupied Europe in 1943 * Operation Reinhard
Operation Reinhard
in Kraków
(June 1942), the clearance of the Jewish ghetto


* ^ The Treblinka
and Sobibor death camps were built in roughly the same timeframe. During the construction of the gas chambers at Sobibor SS-Scharführer Erich Fuchs installed a 200 horsepower, water cooled V-8 gasoline engine as the killing mechanism there, according to his own postwar testimony. Fuchs installed a similar engine at Treblinka as well. There's an ongoing debate with regard to the type of fuel at Treblinka
used as the lethal agent. However, the chief argument for its identification as petrol (i.e., gasoline, or gas) comes directly from the eyewitness testimonies of insurgents who survived the Treblinka
uprising. On 2 August 1943, they set ablaze a petrol tank causing it to explode. No second tank containing a different type of fuel (i.e., diesel) was ever mentioned in any known literature on the subject. All diesel motors require diesel fuel; the engine and the fuel work together as a system. An effort in the late '30s to extend the diesel engine's use to passenger cars was interrupted by World War II. Therefore, the cars driven by the SS at Trebinka (see Rajzman 1945 at U.S. Congress, and Ząbecki's court testimonies at Düsseldorf) could not have been fueled by diesel, and neither was the killing apparatus without a second fuel tank on premises.


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Death Camps. The Perpetrators Speak". HEART. Archived from the original on September 6, 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2014 – via Internet Archive . * ^ Webb, Chris; Carmelo Lisciotto (2009). "The Gas Chambers at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. Descriptions and Eyewitness Testimony". H.E.A.R.T. Archived from the original on February 22, 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2014 – via Internet Archive. * ^ Adams, David (2012). "Hershl Sperling. Personal Testimony". H.E.A.R.T. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012 – via Internet Archive. The Lazarett was surrounded by a tall barbed-wire fence, camouflaged with brushwood to screen it from view. Behind the fence was a big ditch which served as a mass grave, with a constantly burning fire. * ^ Kopówka & Rytel-Andrianik 2011 , p. 84. * ^ Carol Rittner, Roth, K. (2004). Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-8264-7566-4 . * ^ Public Record Office, Kew, England, HW 16/23, decode GPDD 355a distributed on January 15, 1943, radio telegrams nos 12 and 13/15, transmitted on January 11, 1943. * ^ Hanyok, Robert J. (2004), Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939–1945 (PDF), Center for Cryptographic History, National Security Agency, p. 124 * ^ Between March and December 1942, the Germans deported some 434,500 Jews, and an indeterminate number of Poles and Roma (Gypsies) to Belzec, to be killed. Bełżec extermination camp * ^ In all, the Germans and their auxiliaries killed at least 167,000 people at Sobibór. Sobibor extermination camp * ^ The Höfle Telegram indicates some 700,000 killed by 31 December 1942, yet the camp functioned until 1943; hence, the true death toll likely is greater. Reinhard: Treblinka
Deportations * ^ Abstract: Peter Witte and Stephen Tyas, "A New Document on the Deportation and Murder of Jews during \'Einsatz Reinhardt\' 1942." (Internet Archive) Holocaust and Genocide Studies 15:3 (2001) pp. 468–486. * ^ "KL Majdanek: Kalendarium". Państwowe Muzeum na Majdanku. Retrieved 2015-05-23. Majdanek Victims Enumerated by Paweł P. Reszka.

* ^ Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum (23 December 2005). ""Majdanek Victims Enumerated" by Paweł P. Reszka". Lublin scholar Tomasz Kranz established a new figure which the Majdanek museum staff considers reliable. Earlier calculations were greater: ca. 360,000, in a much-cited 1948 publication by Judge Zdzisław Łukaszkiewicz of the Main Commission for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Poland; and ca. 235,000 in a 1992 article by Dr. Czeslaw Rajca, formerly of the Majdanek Museum . However, the number of Majdanek victims, whose deaths the camp administration did not register, remains unknown although it might be considered significant. * ^ Saul Friedländer (February 2009). Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
And The Jews, 1933–1945 (PDF). HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 293–294 / 507. ISBN 978-0-06-177730-1 . Complete. Retrieved 8 October 2014. * ^ A B C Browning, Christopher (2000). Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers. Cambridge University Press. p. 71. ISBN 0-521-77490-X . * ^ Carmelo Lisciotto (2007). "The Reichsbank". H.E.A.R.T. Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team. Retrieved 27 January 2015. * ^ "SS-Hauptscharfuehrer Konrad Morgen - the Bloodhound Judge". Retrieved 24 August 2012. * ^ Snyder, Louis Leo (1998). Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. Wordsworth Editions. ISBN 978-1-85326-684-3 . * ^ Arad, Yitzhak (1984), "Operation Reinhard: Extermination Camps of Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka" (PDF), Yad Vashem Studies XVI, 205–239 (26/30 of current document) – via Internet Archive, The Attempt to Remove Traces. * ^ Wiernik, Jankiel (1945), "A year in Treblinka", Verbatim translation from Yiddish, American Representation of the General Jewish Workers' Union of Poland, retrieved 30 August 2015 – via Zchor.org, digitized into fourteen chapters, The first ever published eye-witness report by an escaped prisoner of the camp. * ^ Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team (2007). "Ernst Lerch". Holocaust Research Project.org. Retrieved 30 August 2015.


* Arad, Yitzhak (1999) . Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-21305-3 . ASIN 0253213053 – via Google Books. * Kopówka, Edward ; Rytel-Andrianik, Paweł (2011), " Treblinka
II – Obóz zagłady" (PDF), Dam im imię na wieki (in Polish), Drohiczyńskie Towarzystwo Naukowe , p. 110, ISBN 978-83-7257-496-1 , archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2014, retrieved 4 August 2015 – via Internet Archive
Internet Archive
document size 20.2 MB. Monograph, chapt. 3: with list of Catholic rescuers of Jews who escaped from Treblinka; selected testimonies, bibliography, alphabetical indexes, photographs, English language summaries, and forewords by Holocaust scholars. Archived 10 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine . * Shirer, William L. (1981), The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
(internal link) , Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0-671-62420-2 , also at Amazon: Search inside * Smith, Mark S. (2010). Treblinka
Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling. The History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-5618-8 . Retrieved 12 November 2013 – via Google Books. See Smith's book excerpts at: Hershl Sperling: Personal Testimony by David Adams, and the book summary at Last victim of Treblinka
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