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1942: The "Final Solution"
 pg. 311 

The Nazis killed 3.5 million Jews and tens of thousands of other people at their six death camps, all located in Occupied Poland. Workers at the Operation Reinhard camps (Treblinka, Belzec, and Sobibór) murdered 1.7 million Jews, the vast majority of whom were Polish. More than a million Jews died at Auschwitz.
Polish civilians from the town of Belchatow are deported to Germany for use as forced labor. As the war dragged on, the Germans experienced an ever-intensifying shortage of labor as increasing numbers of their young men were called up for military service to replace those who had been wounded and killed. From the point of view of Nazi racism, Polish gentiles were preferable to Jews, who were designated for extermination.
Photo: Main Commission for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
Ustasa soldiers pose with the severed head of one of their victims. The Ustasa (Insurgents) was a Fascist movement centered in Croatia. Relatively few in number before the war, the Ustasa members came to dominate Croatia after the Nazi conquest of Yugoslavia. Infamous for their cruelty, they murdered not only Jews but also Serbs, Gypsies, and their political opponents.
Photo: Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
 March 24, 1942: The first deportations of Jews from Western Europe to Belzec begins.
 March 26, 1942: The first transport of Jews sent by Adolf Eichmann's office goes to Auschwitz.
 March 26, 1942: The first transport of Jews (1000) from Slovakia is deported to Auschwitz.
 March 27, 1942: The first deportations of Jews from France to Auschwitz begin.
 March 28, 1942: Fritz Sauckel is named chief of manpower to expedite recruitment of slave labor.
 March 31, 1942: German troops raid the Minsk (Belorussia) Ghetto, searching for and arresting Jewish Resistance leaders.
 March-October 1942: Approximately 60,000 Slovakian Jews are sent to death camps.
 April 1942: Sobibór death camp is nearly operational; gassings begin in May.
 April 1942: More than 4400 Jews die of starvation in the Warsaw Ghetto.
1942: The "Final Solution"
 pg. 311 
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