This article is from the Holocaust FAQ, by Ken McVay firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Preparations for Operation Reinhard began with the appointment of
Globocnik and Ho"fle (See Administration, below) to oversee it.
Globocnik was given near-unlimited police power in the Lublin
district of the General Government area of Poland, and Ho"fle given
responsibility for organization and manpower as his Chief of
Three camps, Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka, were established. They
had to be close to railways, and located in isolated areas, as far as
possible from population centers, so their grisly work would not
attract unwanted attention. In addition, in order to lend a
semblence of credance to the cover being used - that the Jews were
being transferred to work "somewhere in the east" in occupied Soviet
territory - the camps had to be near the eastern border of the