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Stephan Lehnstaedt, Annika Wienert: The extermination camp Bełżec. The Murder of the Galician Jews

23 January 2020 | 7 pm

The event deals with the extermination camp Bełżec, where the majority of Galician Jews were murdered during the so-called Aktion Reinhardt in 1942.

Aktion Reinhardt - referred to by Lehnstaedt as the "core of the Holocaust" - was the National Socialists' code name for the murder of the Jewish population in occupied Poland. Between July 1942 and November 1943, the Germans killed almost two million people.

In order to carry out the mass murder, the SS set up three extermination camps which served the sole purpose of killing people: Bełżec, Sobibor and Treblinka. Forced laborers were used as early as the construction phase. In Bełżec, over 400,000 people were murdered, most of them from Galicia. Prisoners were forced to perform help work during the murder - a particularly perfidious form of forced labor.

Welcome: Dr. Christine Glauning, Director of the Documentation Center for Nazi Forced Labor

Lecture: Prof. Dr. Stephan Lehnstaedt, Professor of Holocaust Studies and Jewish Studies, Touro College Berlin

Lecture: Dr. Annika Wienert (Warsaw), Research Assistant at the German Historical Institute Warsaw

Moderation: PD Dr. Susanne Heim, Research Assistant at the Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin

Invitation (German)


Podcast Workshop on Nazi Forced Labor

How do I produce a podcast? How do I make stories and history audible? Together with the radio reporter Florian Jacobsen, we want to ask ourselves these questions at the historical site of a former camp for forced laborers and record our own podcasts.

For whom? Teenagers and young adults between 15 and 25 years
When? 4 days during school holidays: Tuesday, 4th to Friday, 7th February 2020 daily, 11 am to 4 pm
Where? at the Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Center Britzer Straße 5, 12439 Berlin

The number of participants is limited.
Registration by 3rd of February 2020 by e-mail to weber(at)

Admission is free