The Nazi German Death Camp in Belzec
One of the first extermination camps, which was Belzec camp, has being remained forgotten for many years. In 1943 whole camp was dismantled and razed to the earth and Nazi Germans carried out the afforestation of that area in order to hide evidences of the genocide.
In 1942 the new camp operating within the framework of „Operation Reinhard” was established in the rural area of Belzec between the cities of Zamosc and Lviv. It was a centre of Jews' extermination. First experiments were carried out on inmates in that place as well as the first stationery gas chambers were used here. Jews were transported in cattle trucks. The conditions of transport were so extremely hard that people were dying during the drive. The rest of them were killed in the camp. The estimated number of deaths is 500.000. In 1963 the first monument commemorating the memory of the murdered victims was erected. The Museum Memorial Site in Belzec was founded in 2004 on the place of the former concentration camp. Its mission is to cultivate a memory of victims and educate about WWII.
In the Museum - Memorial Site in Bełżec visitors can see the grounds of the former death camp and take part in the exhibition "Bełżec – the death camp" which includes original camp relics found during archeological works. The exhibition depicts the camp's history and the German occupants’ extermination policy in the General Government.
We organise private and regular tours to Belzec Death Camp from Lublin and other cities in Poland.
We provide English-speaking guides as well as on a request we can arrange the tour in other languages.$ back