New outdoor exhibition in Przemyśl
On June 6 we opened our new outdoor exhibition in Przemyśl. It is devoted to operation "Reinhardt". On the 80th anniversary of this mass murder programme we want to describe the historical framework of those tragic events by presenting the exhibition in several cities of Poland. Each and every of them was marked with deportations and human suffering of those persecuted by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The first location where we present our new exhibtion lies in Przemyśl - a city where over 20,000 Jews lived before the outbreak of war. On June 3, 1942 the German functionaries liquidated the first ghetto in Przemyśl-Zasanie that was established already in 1940. The exhbition will next be displayed in Warsaw, Kielce, and Białystok.
"The Extermination of Jews in the German Operation Reinhardt” thoroughly descirbes the genocide of Jews conducted in the General Government by the Third Reich within the years 194201943. The German and Austrian Nazis murdered approx. 1,5 million Jewish victims - women, children, and men killed in the death camps of "Einsatz Reinhardt" established in Bełżec, Sobibór, Treblinka, and at Majdanek. The victims included primarily the Polish Jews, though they also included the citizens of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, France, Greece and other European countires.
A set of 24 panels describes the origins and timeline of the genocidal programme, its perpetrators and mass murder sites. The historical content is enriched with a variety of photographs, documents, maps, and sketches. The exhibiton is not merely a source of information as it primarily comemmorates the victims killed in the name a racist ideology.
The exposition has been prepared by the State Museum at Majdanek as a part of a larger comemmorative project held in the 80th anniversary of "Einsatz Reinhardt" together with our partners - the Jewish Historical Institute and the Warsaw Ghetto Museum. The project has been granted the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Mr Andrzej Duda.