The Fateful Nazi Occupation of Lublin

The Polish city of Lublin was occupied by Nazi Germany after the 1939 invasion of Poland. Due to its large Jewish population, the city became home to the headquarters of Operation Reinhardt — the German plan to exterminate Polish Jews. A ghetto was created which housed approximately 26,000 Jews before they were transported to the Belzec and Majdanek extermination camps.

This video documents the Soviet arrival and capture of the city towards the end of the war in Europe. Most of the Jewish prisoners were murdered by German troops before they relinquished control of the city on 24 July 1944.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.