Operation Reinhardt HQ

Operation Reinhardt was the codename for the Nazis’ plans to murder those Jews in the government of the general government who were not able to work or were superfluous. To assassinate these Jews, the Nazis built three extermination camps Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. Belzec was later replaced by Majdanek. The head of Operation Reinhardt was Lublin’s chief Police and SS chief Odilo Globocnik. For practical and geographical reasons, Globocnik located the operation headquarters in Lublin. From here, Globocnik and his staff administered and organized Operation Reinhardt, which resulted in the murder of about 1.5 million Jews. Next to the headquarters there were shooting ranges (indoor), exhibition halls and guest houses for the SS. Globocnik’s private villa was just a few hundred meters away. In relative proximity to the headquarters there were also several stores where SS kept stolen goods from Jews murdered in Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka.

Current status: Preserved (2011).

Address: 1 Spokojna, 20-400 Lublin.

Get there: Walk from central Lublin.

My comment:

Headquarters is 2011 a Catholic medical college and there is nothing inside or outside the building that informs about Operation Reinhardt. This is undeniably a bit strange as this building has absolutely the same historical value as the house where the Wannsee conference took place. The difference is that at Wannsee there is a museum with research opportunities. Had its headquarters been in Western Europe, it would have been a large-scale museum with excellent research opportunities, like Wannsee. But Eastern Europe is not Western Europe and if Operation Reinhardt HQ had been in Western Europe and the Wannsee conference had taken place in Eastern Europe, the conditions would have been the reverse. Fairs and guest houses are also still in existence and are owned/rented by alternative youth groups. Globocnik’s villa houses a company.

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