- Title Pages
- The Institute for Polish‒Jewish Studies
- Note on Names of People and Places
- Note on Transliteration
- Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1918‒1939 and 1945‒1947
- Jewish Reaction to the Soviet Arrival in the Kresy in September 1939
- Reflections on Soviet Documents Relating to Polish Prisoners of War Taken in September 1939
- The Demography of Jews in Hiding in Warsaw, 1943‒1945
- Psychological Problems of Polish Jews who Used Aryan Documents
- My Two Mothers
Early Swedish Information about the Nazis’ Mass Murder of the Jews
- Jewish Identities in the Holocaust: Martyrdom as a Representative Category
- Three Essays on Jewish Education during the Nazi Occupation
Two Coffins on Smocza Street and Śliska Street
- Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński: A Poet-Hero
Paper Epitaphs of a Holocaust Memorial: Zofia Nałkowska’s Medallions
- Letter to Father
Stereotypes of Polish–Jewish Relations after the War: The Special Commission of the Central Committee of Polish Jews
The Bund and the Jewish Fraction of the Polish Workers’ Party in Poland after 1945
Whose Nation, Whose State? Working-Class Nationalism and Antisemitism in Poland, 1945‒1947
- Poles and Jews in the Kielce Region and Radom, April 1945–February 1946
- Polish Jews during and after the Kielce Pogrom: Reports from the Communist Archives
- The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: From Commemoration to Education
- Notes on the Contributors
- (p.268) Bełżec
- Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter looks at the testimony of Rudolf Reder, a survivor of Bełżec death camp. Bełżec murder camp was the first camp set up by Aktion Reinhard, an operation whose purpose was to dispose, in the least obtrusive manner, of the Jewish population of the General Government and adjacent countries under Nazi rule. Into this camp, Rudolf Reder was brought with one of the first transports of Jews from Lemberg caught during the great Aktion. Reder arrived in Bełżec at the height of the camp's activity. Because of his position as odd-job man, he was allowed considerable freedom of movement. He was therefore able to describe the camp, its installations, and its functioning in considerable detail. But his story is also the deeply harrowing account of someone who witnessed with horror the slaughter of innocents which went on day after day. And this, together with the relevant details which, without his description, might have remained forever obscure, make Reder's booklet, Bełżec (1946), a unique document of this terrible but little-known chapter in the history of the Holocaust.
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