Belzec Extermination Camp
The Belzec extermination camp was the first killing center of Operation Reinhard—the plan to murder Polish Jews in the German-occupied portions of Poland. The camp was simply divided into two parts, a receiving center and the gas chambers. Overall, between March and December 1942, almost 500,000 Jews were killed, along with an unknown number of Poles and gypsies. By Spring 1943, the Germans had burned most of the bodies and plowed over the site to make it look like a farm in order to hide the truth of the Nazis disgusting disregard for human life.
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- Belzec inspected by SS official for efficiency: 19 Aug 1942 2
- Construction of Belzec begins: 01 Nov 1941 2
- Gassing operations begin: 17 Mar 1942 2
- Killings stop at Belzec: December 1942 2
- Polish underground sends reports of killings: 10 Jul 1942 2
- 434,500: Jews Killed 2
- Number Unknown: Poles and Gypsies 2
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