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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: May Deportations to Belzec
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Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Belzec,Lublin,Stangl,Wirth
Archive/File: holocaust/poland/reinhard/belzec belzec.05
Last modified: 1993/03/05
           Deportations to Belzec - District of Lublin

Date of Deportation	Town			Number of Deportees
May			Szczebrzeszyn		280
May 22			Tyszowce		580-800
May 23			Komarow			1,000
May 27			Lasczow			350

Franz Stangl was sent to command Sobibor after construction fell behind
schedule in the Spring of 1942. His commanding officer sent him to
meet with Wirtz at Belzec, and he described his visit thus:

"I went there by car. As one arrived, one first reached Belzec railway
station... Oh, God, the smell! It was everywhere. Wirth wasn't in his
office. I remember they took me to him... he was standing on a hill
next to the pits... the pits.... full...they were full. I cannot tell
you; not hundreds, thousands, thousands, thousands of corpses...
that's where Wirth told --- he said that was what Sobibor was for...

Wirth told me I should definately become the commander of Sobibor. I
answered that I was not qualified for such a mission.... I received
from Globocnik the task to erect the camp. That it was not to be an
ammunition camp but a camp for killing Jews I learned finally from
Wirth. ... Actually, I was not relieved [of my post]. I stayed in
Sobibor. Transports arrived and were liquidated..." <1>

<1> Excerpted from Gita Serini's "Into the Darkness" (London, 1974,
pp.109-111) as quoted in...

BELZEC, SOBIBOR, TREBLINKA - the Operation Reinhard Death Camps
Indiana University Press - Yitzhak Arad, 1987. ISBN 0-253-3429-7

"An extremely valuable research study undertaken to establish the
timetable and number of deported Jews from the General Government and
to which death camp they were sent was carried out by Tatiana
Berenstein and published in Poland in the Biuletyn Zydowskiego
Instytutn Historycznego (Bulletin of the Jewish Historical Institute),
Warsaw, No. 3/1952, No. 21/1957, No. 59/1966, No. 61/1967. Another
source is the "Luach Hashoa (Holocaust Calendar) of Polish Jewry"
prepared by Rabbi Israel Schepansky and published by "Or Hamizrach,"
New York, 1974. A most important and more up to date source is the
Pinkas Hakebillot (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities), Poland, Vol.
II, Eastern Galicia, and Vol. III, Western Galicia, published by Yad
Vashem, Jerusalem, in 1980 and 1984. The ... tables of the
deportations are based on all the aforementioned primary sources and
research studies." <2>

<2> Excerpted from....
BELZEC, SOBIBOR, TREBLINKA - the Operation Reinhard Death Camps
Indiana University Press - Yitzhak Arad, 1987. ISBN 0-253-3429-7

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