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Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps

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Between the years 1942 and 1943, under the code name Operation Reinhard, more than one-and-a-half million Jews were gassed in the concentration camps ... Show synopsis

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EyeOnHistory

Good book for Details on a Evil Program

by EyeOnHistory on Jan 19, 2008

I just finished reading this book, and it helped to inform me about this aspect of the holocaust. This particular work covers the fine points of the program that was conceived and operated for one end -- murdering the Jews. It progresses from the main people involved and the plan. The key individuals that provided the leadership had already proven themselves in the euthanasia program in Germany. These camps were never associated with labor or war production as many other camps were. From the shootings behind the lines in the USSR, the commanders new that there was a heavy emotional toll paid by those that were intimately involved in the murders. A superior method had to be developed. These camps along with Chelmno were the forerunners to developing fast and efficient methods to murder large numbers of people. The book covers the early fumbling experiments to arrive at the solution. They used carbon monoxide poisoning piped into sealed chambers by using an engine as their best method. Compared with prussic acid, it was not nearly as efficient, but inspite of that detail, they were able to murder around 1.5 million innocent people in little more than one year. There were a great many other details about the camp cadre, daily operation, and in some cases gross incompetence. Details on the revolts at Treblinka and Sobibor were also detailed. I recommend Arad's book to anyone interested in further history on the holocaust.

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