Krepiec


By March 1942, the Nazis had begun Operation Reinhardt and the Jews of Lublin began to be deported to the Belzec extermination camp. But the gas chambers in Belzec turned out to be too small and could not manage to murder Jews at the same rate as new Jews arrived at the camp. The nazis had no plans to stop the dismantling of the ghetto in Lublin, and so in April about 3,000 jews from the ghetto were murdered and buried in a wooded area called Krepiec, about a mile southeast of Lublin. These were otherwise intended for Belzec. In the summer of 1942, another hundred Jews were murdered in Krepiec, who suffered from typhoid fever from the nearby Majdanek concentration camp. During the winter of 1942/43, the SS began to cremate the bodies of those murdered. Even corpses after those murdered in the gas chambers in Majdanek transported to Krepiec to be cremated. Normally the corpses were cremated in a cremation furnace in the camp but this was too small and therefore they were cremated in Krepiec. In the winter of 1943, the cremation of the bodies was completed and no new bodies were cremated in Krepiec. At this time, a larger crematorium had been built in Majdanek with capacity on par with the gas chambers.

Current status: Monument (2011).

Location: 51°11'12.65"N 22°41'58.07"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

There are no signs that inform about the monument and are not easy to find. Drive just under a mile south from Majdanek museum on road 17 and turn right just before the sign 6 Minkovice. The road is in deplorable condition but drive carefully for about 350 meters and turn (second) to the right, continue just under 200 meters, then turn left and after just over 200 meters there is the monument on your left.

Follow up in books: Arad, Yitzhak: Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka – The Operation Reinhardt death camps (1987).