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    Walk down memory lane: 80th anniversary of the Operation Reinhardt

    Today at 11 A.M. in Lublin took place a stroll in memory of Jewish people murdered during Operation Reinhardt, an action of closing down concentration camps in the General Government by SS in order to eliminate Jews. The date of the stroll was picked on April 19th to commemorate the Jews who took part in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

    The Memorial Walk through Lublin is an initiative of the “We Remember… March 17th – April 19th” project of the State Museum at Majdanek. Its goal is to prolong the memory of Jews killed during the Holocaust. On March 17th, 1942 Operation Reinhardt was put into action and the Lublin Ghetto was one of the first ones to be liquidated. People who lived there were brought to the Majdanek extermination camp. April 19th refers to the 1943 Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest revolt by Jews during World War II.

    Employees of the State Museum at Majdanek, city officials and teachers walked with Lublin residents through one of the 4 trails available to pick. The first one started at the Cracow Gate in Lublin, then through Lubartowska street, up until Castle Square. The second path led through the Cracow Gate, Grodzka street, to Castle Square. The third started at the old Yeshiva, then went through Lubartowska to Castle Square. Then, the three groups walked together to the Monument to the Ghetto Victims. The last group walked through the Droga Męczenników Majdanka (Road of the Majdanek Martyrs) up to the Mausoleum in Majdanek.

    During the march, the attendees got maps of the old ghetto and pins in the shape of yellow jonquils – a symbol of those who stood up for themselves in 1943.


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