Trawniki

  
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A village in eastern Poland whose name became associated with the mostly Ukrainian guards who were recruited to serve in the concentration camps and, in particular, the death camps in which millions of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. They were trained at a camp in Trawniki, where there was also a (comparatively) smaller labour camp and transit camp. But the name is mostly used to stand for those guards, hence also in the plural, the Trawnikis.
 
Today, very little is left to be seen at the place, except for a small memorial, parts of the former camp wall, the former commandant's building and the former sugar factory buildings, which formed a main part of the camp – and which are now used by a textiles manufacturer.
 
It may be worth a short stopover en route when driving around in the Lublin area, but is not a prime destination (because of the lack of tourist infrastructure and commodification), despite its rather special historical significance.
 
Location: some 25 miles (40 km) east of Lublin (see Majdanek).
  
Google maps locator:  [51.134,22.998]
  

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