January 1, 1942: At least 160,000 Jews were living in the Lodz ghetto.

January 7, 1942: Chelmo; Truckloads of deportees were driven around, gassed and then buried. The first of 5,000 Gypsies were brought to Chelmno and gassed.

January 9, 1942: 1,000 Jews deported from Theresienstadt and sent to Riga. Only 102 would survive the war.

January 9, 1942: 1,000 Jews from Klodaw were taken to Chelmno and gassed to death.

January 11, 1942: 1,500 Jews from Vienna are seized and sent by train to Riga.

January 12, 1942: the first of 19,582 Odessa Jews were transported in cattle trucks to Berezovka and then onto two concentration camps elsewhere. 50 to 60 would die during every transport. Most would die within the year of starvation, cold, untreated disease, or executions. The Jews of Odessa were no longer.

January 12, 1942: Chelmno; Michael Podklebnik, as part of burial duty, finds dead wife, daughter and son, and buries them amongst the other corpses of those just gassed.

January 13, 1942: The deportation of 10,000 Jews from Lodz begins at the rate of 700 a day. They are all sent to Chelmno to be gassed. Nine transports of about 90 people each were buried in Chelmno. Five of the nine men unloading the corpses were shot when the day was done.

January 14, 1942: Ixbica Kujawska, western Poland; 1,600 Jews reported to assemble. The Jewish council warns them. Germans shoot the entire council. The rest were taken to Chelmno and gassed by the SS, local gendarmes, and Gestapo. 10 transports of about 80 people were gassed and buried at Chelmno.

January 17, 1942: Chelmno; in retribution for the escape of Abraham Rois, 16 Jews are laid down on top of those scores of gassed Jews that they just buried and each are shot through the head.

January 18, 1942: After two weeks of constant burial duty of thousands of gassed Jews at Chelmno, Yakov Grojanowski escapes. His diary tells of cruelty, murders, tragedy and suicides. His two weeks were only 14 days of the last 44 days of continual murder via gas-trucks.

January 20, 1942: WANNSEE CONFERENCE - Reinhard Heydrich finally holds a high-level conference, having been postponed three weeks due to America's entry into the war. Heydrich begins in the name of Goering, and with the blessing of Hitler, to justifying and then relate his plan for the Preparations of the Final Solution against the Jews of Europe, all 11 million of them. His estimates include 34,000 for Lithuania, leaving out the detail that 200,000 Lithuanian Jews were already killed between July and November of 1941. The plan; ‘Jews will be taken East, separated by sex, those capable will work, those not will fall away through natural reduction.' Death by the hands of the German's would now be unifying all resources towards an orderly, efficient, coordinated and mechanical process for destroying the Jews. . .All carried out under the auspices of Adolf Eichmann

January 23, 1942: Novi Sad, Hungary; 550 Jews and 292 Serbs were driven onto the ice and then shelled. All drowned. - Single Jew, Paul Levinstein, was killed in Hadjerat M'Guil labor camp in remote Sahara Desert. Upon hearing of their son's death his parent commit suicide in Britain.

January 26, 1942: Stari Becej, Hungary; 200 Jews and Serbs were slaughtered. Titel, 35 Jews killed. Teofipol, 300 Jews marched naked for three miles and then are shot.

January 30, 1942: In a speech to the Sports Palace in Berlin, Hitler tells of his confidence in victory and his hatred for the Jews.". . .the hour will come when the most evil universal enemy of all time will be finished, at least for a thousand years." By the spring, four labor camps would be converted to death camps for the purpose of extinguishing the Jews; Joining Chelmno were Belzec, Treblinka, Sobibor, and Auschwitz.

January 31, 1942: Einsatzgruppe A commanding officer, Franz W. Stahlecker, sends a detailed report about activities in the Baltic and White Russian countries. States that between July 23 and October 15, 1941, 135,567 Jews were killed. Eichmann sends out letter officializing the Wannsee Conference, "The evacuation of the Jews . . . is the beginning of the final solution of the Jewish problem."

February 12, 1942: 3,000 Jews are rounded up in Ukrainian town of Brailov. Rather joins the others the council Elder elects to join the skilled workers who he knows are doomed for death.

February 13, 1942: Minsk Ghetto; Germans kill leaders of the Jews deported from Hamburg.

February 19, 1942: Dvinsk Ghetto; Chaya Mayerova killed for trading a bit of cloth with a non- Jew for a two-kilogram bag of flour. The entire Jewish population was gathered to witness the execution.

February 22 - 28: 10,000 more Jews were deported to Chelmno. All were gassed to death.

February 24, 1942: The Steamship Struma, carrying 769 Jewish Rumanian refugees that were turned away from Turkey was sunk. All but one survivor drowned.

March 1, 1942: Purim Eve. Germans order 5,000 Jews to be deported from Minsk.

March 2, 1942: Purim begins. Jews from Minsk refuse to cooperate in latest deportation. Germans and Ukranians retaliate by searching houses, dragging children to sand pits and throwing them in alive, throwing candies in after them as they died. By the end of Purim 5,000 Jews were murdered in Minsk. Krosniewice Jews, Baranowicze ghetto Jews, Lvov, Zdunska Wola, Jews all over Europe were tortured, murdered or deported that day.

March 4, 1942: Janowska. Eight laborers were ordered to stand in a barrel of water by Gestapo chief Dibauer, because "they didn't look too clean." They all froze to death by the next day as the ice hardened around their feet.

March 4, 1942: Eichmann meets with all his territorial representatives to discuss the organizational problems of the deportations to come. Actual plans commenced months earlier.

March 5, 1942: Selection of Baranowicze Jews. Those to the left were beaten and sent away in lorries to their death in a pit just outside of town. Those on the right looked on. 3,500 were killed that Purim.

March 6, 1942: Adolf Eichmann talks of deportation of 50,000 Jews from the Old Reich. He emphasizes the importance of secrecy.

March 11, 1942: Gestapo use Jews for target practice at Janowska labor camp. Chief Dibauer and Lieutenant Bilhause would pick them off from their window as they carried loads of rocks.

March 12, 1942: 8,000 Jews from southern Polish town of Mielec were ordered to be at the train station. The next morning, as they gathered, 2,000 children and elderly were shot dead at the train station.

March 13, 1942: The first trainload of 1000 deportees arrive from Theresienstadt at the village of Izbica Lubelsak, just north of BELZEC. Only six would survive the war.

March 16, 1942: The first 1,600 Jews were deported from Lublin to BELZEC. 10,000 more would follow the next week.

March 17, 1942: Pochep, Russia; 1,816 Jewish villagers massacred in an anti-tank ditch.

March 26, 1942: Izbic Lubelska Ghetto; 2,000 Jews are deported to make room for 2,000 other Jews from Theresienstadt. In Auschwitz, the first deportees are held awaiting the completion of the gas-chambers and crematoria that was being built at nearby BIRKENAU.

March 27, 1942: Goebbels describes in his diary, Belzec and the cremation of the Jews, "The procedure is pretty barbaric, one not to be described here most definitely. Not much will remain of the Jews. . . fully deserved by them." First deportations from France left Paris for Auschwitz.

March 31, 1942: 6,000 Jews from Eastern Galicia deported to Belzec and gassed to death.

End of March: By this time Chelmno and Belzec gas chambers were in full operation. (Eventually 600,000 Jews were killed at BELZEC, only two would survive to the end of the war, Rudolf Reder and Chaim Hirszman.) Birkenau and Sobibor gas-chambers were under construction.

April 1, 1942: 1,000 more Jews deported from Theresienstadt to the ghetto at Piaski. Only four would survive.

April 2, 1942: PASSOVER; Raids all over Europe of Jewish homes during the Passover Sadar. 1,000 Jews from Kolomyja, gassed in Belzec.

April 3, 1942: 1,200 Jews from Tlumacz, gassed in Belzec.

April 4, 1942: 1,500 Jews from Stanislawov, gassed in Belzec.

April 8, 1942: Polish Doctor Zygmunt Klukowski notes in his diary that everyday a train comes from either direction of Lvov, or Lublin filled with Jews.

April 9, 1942: 800 Jews from Lublin are deported to Belzec.

April 10, 1942: Indiscriminate killings continue in all ghettos. The underground are hunted out. After a season of misery, 50,000 die of starvation during the past winter.

April 11, 1942: German memo in Lvov states warns that the rural Polish population assisting Jews is a threat to their own community and an act of disloyalty. That day the Jews of Zygmunt Klukowski meet their fate and are rounded up at the brutal hands of the SS and the mounted Police. Hundreds are killed in the process.

April 12, 1942: To maintain the deception, 115,000 of the Jews remaining in Lodz ghetto are told that the 100,000 Jews already deported (and in actuality gassed in Chelmno), are safe and staying in a camp near Warthburcken. Kolo was actually the town near Chelmno.

April 17, 1942: Gestapo enter the Warsaw ghetto and shoot 52 people.

April 18, 1942: Sobibor is now operational. 2,500 Jews from Zamosc are transported there to their deaths. Only one was chosen to work and lived.

April 27, 1942: Deportations continue, a thousand Jews from Theresienstadt to Izbica, eventually to be sent to Sobribor or Belzec.

May 1, 1942: Lorries start to transport Jews out of the Dvinsk ghetto. Only 500 were left surviving of the 16,000 that once populated that town.

May 4, 1942: 10,000 Jews from Lodz ghetto would be deported to Chelmno over the next eleven days.

May 8, 1942: 2,500 Jews were deported from Iwje. 2,500 sent to Sobibror from Ryki.

May 12, 1942: Four days after the Ghetto at Radun is sealed off, 3,400 Jews are marched to the outskirts of town and shot, row-by-row, into ditches dug by other Jews.

May 12, 1942: 1,500 Jews from Sosnowiec are gassed in Auschwitz. 2,750 Jews from Turobin, joining several other thousands of Jews are crammed into railway box cars and were deported to Sobibor to meet their extermination.

May 17, 1942: 2,000 Jews deported from Theresienstadt to Sobibor, 500 miles away. 2,000 Jews from Pabianice reach the Lodz Ghetto. All children under 10 were torn away from their parents and sent "elsewhere."

May 18, 1942: 1,420 Jews arrive in the Lodz ghetto from Brzeziny. Like the Jews who arrived the day before, their children were taken away from them. Sent to Chelmno to be gassed.

May 20, 1942: 300 train cars of clothing arrives in Lodz for sorting, having come from Chelmno and the dead. Ironically this gave the Lodz Jews work. The number of forced labor camps matched the number of death and concentration camps.

May 21, 1942: Koritz: On the eve of Shavuot, 2,200 Jews taken to the edge of town and shot into pre-dug pits.

May 22, 1942: 300 children are taken away and sent to Chelmno where they were gassed to death.

May 23, 1942: 2,000 Jews are sent from Wlodawa to Sobibor where they were all gassed.

May 27, 1942: 3 families in the remote village of Chaplinka are killed.

May 27, 1942: General Reinhard Heydrich was fatally shot in Prague by two Czech patriots. The man responsible for the formal initiation of Hitler's Final Solution, a man synonomous with terror, would die within the next eight days. The Holocaust still had three more years of death ahead of it. SS General Globocnik begins preparation for ‘Operation Rienhard', in honor of the slain general. Operation Reienhard was the deportation of Jews to meet immediate death at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor. Goebells wants to make the Jews pay for Heydrich's death.

May 29, 1942: Warsaw: A Jew named Wilner, too week to move from his chair is thrown out the window and shot at as he fell. 3,000 Jews at Radziwillow are rounded up for slaughter. A massive break out occurs. 1,500 are killed. 1,500 find temporary safety in the forests.

May 30, 1942: British launch their first bombing raids over Cologne, Germany.

May 3 1, 1942: Auschwitz III opens up. It is a massive labor camp for the construction of synthetic oil and rubber.

End Of May: Warsaw Ghetto; 3,650 Jews died of starvation in May. A new death camp opens on the outskirts of Minsk, in the village of Maly Trostenets. Spring brought on soft ground and the ability to dig massive graves again.

1942 Continued
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