Lublin Umschlagplatz

About five kilometers from the ghetto in Lublin and next to a slaughterhouse was the Umschlagplatz (relocation site) where the SS deported ghetto’s Jews to the extermination camp Belzec, about 100 kilometres southeast of Lublin. Between March 17 and April 11, some 26,000 Jews were deported to Belzec where they were murdered. Those who were to be deported were forced to march to umschlagplatz.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with memorial tablet (2011).

Location: 51°15'15.21"N 22°36'25.39"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

Umschlagplatz fell into oblivion after the war and the area quickly fell into disrepair and only in 1990 a small memorial plaque was established. You know very little about how umschlagplatz looked and the area is not explored. Umschlagplatz is located next to a closed slaughterhouse in a dilapidated industrial area and the area can not be visited without the permission of the landowner. However, the landowner (anno 2009) has promised not to exploit the site but is waiting to find a buyer who wants to take on the site and establish a worthy monument. The place is not easy to find because it is located in an industrial area where hardly anyone speaks English or German. But it actually makes it a little more exciting too.

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