Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps

Paperback | August 26, 1999

byYitzhak Arad

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"... Mr. Arad reports as a controlled and effective witness for the prosecution.... Mr. Arad's book, with its abundance of horrifying detail, reminds us of how far we have to go."-New York Times Book Review

"... some of the most gripping chapters I have ever read.... the authentic, exhaustive, definitive account of the least known death camps of the Nazi era." -Raul Hilberg

Arad, historian and principal prosecution witness at the Israeli trial of John Demjanjuk (accused of being Treblinka's infamous "Ivan the Terrible"), uses primary materials to reveal the complete story of these Nazi death camps.

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For Jews living in Poland during the Second World War, the only constant in life was death. Between 1942 and 1943, fewer than 200 Jews survived the concentration camps of Nazi-occupied Poland. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka contains official records and interviews from the Nazi war-crimes trials. Yitzhak Arad presents a horrifying history ...

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"... Mr. Arad reports as a controlled and effective witness for the prosecution.... Mr. Arad's book, with its abundance of horrifying detail, reminds us of how far we have to go."-New York Times Book Review"... some of the most gripping chapters I have ever read.... the authentic, exhaustive, definitive account of the least known death...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.15 inPublished:August 26, 1999Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253213053

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Table of Contents

PART ONE THE EXTERMINATION MACHINE
1. The Final Solution: From Shooting to Gas
2. Operation Reinhard: Organization and Manpower
3. Belzec: Construction and Experiments
4. Construction of Sobibor
5. Construction of Treblinka
6. Preparing for the Deportations
7. Expulsion from the Ghettos
8. The Trains of Death
9. Belzec: March 17 to June, 1942
10. Sobibor: May to July, 1942
11. Treblinka: July 23 to August 28, 1942
12. Reorganization in Treblinka
13. The Mission of Gerstein and Pfannenstiel
14. Jewish Working Prisoners
15. Women Prisoners
16. Improved Extermination Techniques and Installations
17. The Annihilation of the Jews in the General Government
18. Deportations from Bialystok General District and Ostland
19. Transports from Other European Countries
20. The Extermination of Gypsies
21. The Economic Plunder
22. Himmler's Visit to SObibor and Treblinka
23. The Erasure of the Crimes

PART TWO LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH
24 Portraits of the Perpetrators
25 The Prisoners' of Daily Life
26 The Prisoners and the Deportees
27 Faith and Religion
28 Diseases, Epidemics, and Suicide
29 Social Life

PART THREE ESCAPE AND RESISTANCE
30 The Cognizance and Reaction of the Victims in Occupied Poland
31 Escapes from the Trains and Spontaneous Acts of Resistance
32 Escapes from the Camps
33 The Underground in Teblinka
34 The Plan for the Uprising in Treblinka
35 August 2, 1943: The Uprising in Treblinka
36 Pursuit and Escape from Treblinka
37 Ideas and Organization for Resistance in Sobibor
38 The Underground in Sobibor
39 The Plan for Uprising in Sobibor
40 October 14, 1943: The Uprising in Sobibor
41 Pursuit and Escape from Sobibor
42 Survival amoung the Local Population
43 Reports about the Death Camps in Polish Wartime Publications
44 An Evaluation of the Uprisings and Their Results
45 Operation Erntefest
46 The Liquidation of the Camps and the Termination of Operation Reinhard

Epilogue

APPENDIX A The Deportation of the Jews from the General Government, Bialystok General District, and Ostland

APPENDIX B The Fate of the Perpetrators of Operation Reinhard

Bibliographic Key to the Notes

Notes

Index

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For Jews living in Poland during the Second World War, the only constant in life was death. Between 1942 and 1943, fewer than 200 Jews survived the concentration camps of Nazi-occupied Poland. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka contains official records and interviews from the Nazi war-crimes trials. Yitzhak Arad presents a horrifying history of the death camps between 1941 and 1943 and examines what life was like for the inmates.