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Mass shootings outside Lublin in the Krepiecki Forest!

The Krepiecki forest actions

Actions outside Lublin

 

 

 

A dirt road leading into the Krepiecki forest outside of Lublin

The Krepiecki forest is approximately 12 kilometres on the way to Zamosc, and during the Second World War, the Nazis carried out mass executions at this site.

 

On the 3 May 1940 the first execution took place in the forest, a group of Polish and Jewish was executed as a reprisal for the murder of a functionary of the Lublin SD, a certain SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Loska.

 

During 1942 the Nazis carried out further executions and cremated the bodies of prisoners who had died in the Majdanek concentration camp, from various causes. The biggest mass execution took place on the 21-22 April 1942 organised by the SS/SD in Lublin, following the conclusion of the deportations from the Lublin ghetto to the death camp in Belzec.

 

The Jews who survived the deportations were forced to move from the original ghetto which was located in the oldest and poorest part of the historical Jewish district in Lublin’s old town, to the suburb of Majdan Tatarski, which was near to the Majdanek concentration camp.

 

The last 8,000 Jews were confined in the closed ghetto of Majdan Tatarski, in their midst was a large group who were “illegal” residing in the ghetto without documents. Only those Jews who possessed a J-Ausweis could officially stay in the Majdan Tatarski ghetto and the Lublin Judenrat was responsible for the preparation of a list of all the Jews who had been resettled to the new ghetto.

 

The Jews believed that inclusion on the list meant salvation.

 

The day following registration on the list, the ghetto at Majdan Tatarski was surrounded by SS-men and Trawniki-manner from the SS training camp for former Red Army members.

 

SS-Oberscharführer Erich Mußfeldt statement to Polish authorities on August 16, 1947:

 

 

"One day in late October 1943 the excavation of pits was begun behind Compounds V and VI, approximately 50 meters behind the structure of the new Crematorium. 300 inmates were put to this work; they dug without interruption for three days and nights, in two shifts of 150 each. In the course of these three days, three pits were excavated; they were more than two meters deep, zigzag-shaped, and each about 100 m long.

 

During these three days, special commandos from the concentration camp Auschwitz as well as SS and Police commandos from Cracow, Warsaw, Radom, Lwów and Lublin gathered in Majdanek. Otto Moll and Franz Hössler came from Auschwitz with 10 SS men. Altogether, some 100 SS men arrived from the cities I mentioned, and these SS men made up the Special Commando. On the fourth day-it may have been November 3-reveille was sounded at 5:00 a.m.

 

Therefore I went to that part of the camp where I usually stayed. The entire camp was surrounded by the police; I would estimate that there were about 500 policemen. They stood guard with their weapons at the ready. They were armed with heavy and light submachine guns as well as with other automatic weapons.


A truck mounted with a radio transmitter was parked near the new Crematorium; a second such truck stood near the camp entrance, not far from the Building Administration. When I arrived at the camp grounds, both transmitters were already on. They broadcast German marches and songs as well as dance music from records. The two trucks had been provided by the Propaganda Office [of the NSDAP] in Lublin.


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