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Museum under construction at former German death camp in Poland

Work to build a new museum has begun at the site of the former Nazi German death camp in Sobibór, eastern Poland.

Photo by Jacques Lahitte

Sobibór is where the Germans murdered some 170,000 Jews from Poland and other European countries during World War II. The camp operated from March 1942 to October 1943.

The new museum building will be 750 square metres in size and house facilities including an exhibition hall, an educational room and a warehouse, officials say.

The shell of the building is expected to be ready by November. The total cost of the project – an international effort initiated by Poland, the Netherlands, Israel and Slovakia in September 2008 – is estimated at over PLN 1 million (EUR 230,000, USD 270,000).

The Sobibór death camp was one of three death camps – alongside Treblinka and Bełżec – that the Germans established in occupied Poland during World War II as part of their Operation Reinhardt, a secretive plan to exterminate the entire Jewish population in the so-called General Government area of Poland under Nazi control.

The Germans murdered an estimated 2 million Jews from Poland and other European countries as part of Operation Reinhardt from March 1942 to November 1943.

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