Barbarka


About five kilometers north of Torun lies a small community called Barbarka. There in a forest between October 1939 and January 1940 the Nazis killed between 600 – 1200 poles. The murders were carried out by Nazi Einsatzkommandon and local units consisting of ethnic Germans, so-called. Selbstschutz. Those who were murdered were largely educated people and other prominent people who immediately became the Nazi targets when Poland was occupied. On the part of the nazis, these were considered a threat to German supremacy and a germanization of Poland and must be eliminated.

Current status: Monument (2015).

Location: 53°03'38.56"N 18°32'24.70"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

This is a well maintained and atmospheric site with several monuments and tombs/mass graves connected by paths.

Follow up in books: Lukas, Richard C: Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation 1939 1944 (2008).