This is a continuation of my earlier article linking food with the deportation and murder of the Jews in the General Government in 1942. Now I want to talk about the camps that they died in.
There were three Action Reinhard Camp
Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. Each came on-line at different times, Belzec in March of 1942, Sobibor in May of 1942 and Treblinka in July of 1942. Each utilized exhaust fumes from internal combustion engines to murder the Jews sent to them. These three camps came under the control of Odilo Globocnik, a man previously involved in the T-4 Program, the Nazi Program designated to murder mentally and physically handicapped Germans (later expanded to concentration camp inmates under 14f13). The Action Reinhard Camps were not under the regular concentration camp system.
There was a fourth camp, Majdanek, that was included under the Hoefle Telegram but it was ran more along the lines of Auschwitz, a combination concentration/death camp where items looted from Jews were kept and sorted. Majdanek was a large camp but was never filled to capacity. Unlike the other Reinhard Camps it used bottled Carbon Monoxide and Zyclon B in its gas chambers (though from the literature I've read this is controversial. Majdanek is not particularly well documented or written about, most of what I've learned from this camp comes from others. There are some books on Majdanek but they are not readily accessible.)