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MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL IN SOBIBÓR. THE NAZI GERMAN EXTERMINATION CAMP (1942–1943)

05.11.2021

ACADEMIC SEMINAR "THE ARCHITECTURE OF CRIME..."

The academic seminar "The Architecture of Crime. The Topography and Infrastructure of the ‘Einsatz Reinhardt’ Camps" has ended The online seminar on November 4-5, 2021, was devoted to the logistics and organisation of the genocidal operation in the course of which the Germans established the extermination camps in Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka.

The speeches presented during the seminar were dedicated to the topography of those places, as well as to the Majdanek and the so-called Flugplatz camps in Lublin, which were both connected with operation "Reinhardt." Ten papers which were prepared by the employees of the museums established on the grounds of the former German camps, and the researchers cooperating with those museums discussed the topic of infrastructure of those killing centres. Aerial photographs, plans, drawings, and some not widely-known photographs revealed the functioning of the places that had been created and incorporated within the framework of "Einsatz Reinhardt."

Presented papers:

SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor in photographs from the so-called Niemann collection / Steffen Hänschen (Bildungswerk Stanislaw Hantz)

The gas chambers at Majdanek and the concept of their extension on the background of the detailed plan of the concentration camp in Lublin / Krzysztof Tarkowski (State Museum at Majdanek)

Queries of archival aerial photographs of the former extermination camps in Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka. Results and preliminary analysis / Marek Michalski and Sebastian Różycki (Warsaw University of Technology)

Flugplatz camp. The logistics centre of operation "Reinhardt" and the railway ramp for the Majdanek camp / Łukasz Myszala (State Museum at Majdanek)

The extermination camp in Bełżec – the topography of some selected infrastructure elements / Tomasz Hanejko (Museum and Memorial in Bełżec)

SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor – site architecture / Tomasz Oleksy-Zborowski (Museum and Memorial in Sobibór)

The topography of Treblinka II extermination camp in the light of non-invasive research conducted in 2020-2021 / Edward Kopówka (Treblinka Museum) and Sebastian Różycki (Warsaw University of Technology)

Administrative and residential area of the headquarters to the extermination camp in Bełżec in the light of testimonies of the perpetrators / Ewelina Szumilak (Museum and Memorial in Bełżec)

The location of the camp with regards to the railroad infrastructure of Sobibór Stacja / Justyna Bajuk (Museum and Memorial in Sobibór)

Railway station in Treblinka and the immediate surroundings of the extermination camp / Bartosz Kowalski (Treblinka Museum)

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