Dorohucza


In March 1943, a labor camp was established in Dorohucza, about three miles east of Lublin. It consisted of three substandard barracks for prisoners, a barrack for SS men, a barrack for Ukrainian guards and a kitchen barracks. The trapping racks were surrounded by a camp fence while the other barracks were located outside the fence. About 500 prisoners were in the camp, and a majority of them were Jews from Holland deported to Sobibor but elected to slave labour instead of being murdered in Sobibor’s gas chamber. In Dorohucza, they were forced to work on mining peat in a nearby field. The camp commandant was SS-Hauptscharführer Gottfried Schwarz who previously worked in Sobibor. The camp only existed until November 3, 1943, when the camp’s Jews were murdered in what has been called the harvest festival. That day/night was about 45 killed?000 Jews in several camps in the Lublin district on the orders of SS chief Heinrich Himmler. The reason was that several uprisings in both ghettos and camps took place earlier in the year and Himmler wanted to avoid more uprisings. The camp was subsequently demolished.

Current status: Demolished (2023).

Location: 51°09' 46.82" N 22°59' 48.48" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

There is no monument and there seems to be nothing left of the camp itself. The former camp area is today a field with various vegetation.

Follow up in books: Kogon, Eugen: The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them (2006).