The Lodz Ghetto was, after Warsaw, the second-largest Jewish ghetto in Poland during the Second World War. It was established in February 1940, and counted 140,000 occupants by the end of that year. Because of the enormous number of everyday objects of all kinds produced there, particularly in the area of textiles, the ghetto rapidly became a critical center of production for the German economy. In the summer of 1944, the ghetto was dissolved, and all inhabitants transferred elsewhere. The orthodoxy insists that they were all murdered around that time, some of them first to Chelmno, then the rest to Auschwitz. This article follows the documental trail of these Jews and shows, that the orthodox narrative his highly flawed.
By its victim count, Chelmno is the smallest of the four “Aktion Reinhardt” camps, which according to orthodox historiography served as “pure extermination camps” for the mass murder of Jews by means of poison gas. Chelmno is a special case in this context, as not gas chambers, but gas vans are said to have been deployed for the mass murder. The other camps are: Belzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka.