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  • The Displaced from the Zamość Region in the Majdanek Camp – new temporary exhibition

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    This summer the 75th anniversary of the displacement of the Polish families from the Zamość Region to the German concentration camp at Majdanek is marked. The exhibition is devoted to the tragic fates of the region inhabitants who were detained in KL Lublin in June and July 1943.

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    The exhibition consists of archival photographs and historical documents, including those belonging to private collections of the former Majdanek prisoners. They are supplemented with photographs of items related to their stay in the camp and fragments of their memoirs.

    W lecie 2018 r. przypada 75. rocznica wysiedlenia polskich rodzin z Zamojszczyzny do niemieckiego obozu koncentracyjnego na Majdanku. Przygotowana z tej okazji wystawa ukazuje tragiczne losy mieszkańców tego regionu osadzonych w KL Lublin w czerwcu i lipcu 1943 r. Na ekspozycję składają się fotografie archiwalne i dokumenty historyczne, z których wiele pochodzi z prywatnych kolekcji rodzin byłych więźniów Majdanka. Całość dopełniają zdjęcia przedmiotów związanych z pobytem mieszkańców Zamojszczyzny w obozie oraz fragmenty ich wspomnień.

    In the assumptions of the authorities of the Third Reich, the Zamość region, located in the south-eastern part of the Lublin province, was to be the first German settlement district in the east – a “Germanic defensive wall” for further expansion. This area, considered to be indigenously German, was on the route of prospective communication arteries designed to connect the Reich with the occupied territories of the Soviet Union.

    The experimental phase of the so-called Master Plan for the East (Generalplan Ost) began in 1941. This long‑term program of settlement and colonization of territories of Central and Eastern Europe, designed to cover the area from Transylvania to the Baltic countries, aimed at gaining more “living space” for the Germans. This meant massive deportations and resettlements of millions of people. It is estimated that in the years 1941–1943 a total of nearly 100,000 people from the Zamość region were subjected to displacement actions.

    The first stage of the operation was carried out in November 1941, another one from November 1942 to March 1943. After examinations carried out in the resettlement camp in Zamość, the displaced persons were deported either to KL Auschwitz or to the Reich for forced labour. The children who fulfilled Nazi racial criteria were taken away from their parents and chosen to undergo Germanisation, while those deemed “racially worthless” were sent to other parts of the General Government.

    The last stage of displacements was carried out from June 24 to August 1943. As a result, 9,000 women, men and children from the pre-war counties of Zamość, Biłgoraj and Tomaszów were deported into KL Lublin.

    Concept and script: Krzysztof Banach, Marta Grudzińska, Anna Wójcik

    Editing and proofreading: Dorota Niedziałkowska

    Graphic design: Izabela Tomasiewicz

    Translation: Małgorzata Warmińska, Lech Remiszewski

    Language versions: polska, angielska

    Venue: Centrum Obsługi Zwiedzających

  • "Those Were The Days of Majdanek." History of museum events 1945–2015

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    The Days of Majdanek were an event with a history nearly as long as that of the State Museum at Majdanek itself. They were first organized in September 1945. The idea for the event was first proposed in the circles of former Majdanek prisoners and quickly found considerable public support. Other members of the event’s organizing committee included representatives of cultural and scientific circles, local authorities and social organizations. For many years, the Society for the Protection of Majdanek, established in November 1945, served as the main organizer of the event while also supporting other efforts of the Museum at Majdanek opened in the autumn of 1944.

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    The Days of Majdanek were intended to serve the purpose of commemorating the camp's victims, but also provided an opportunity to disseminate information about WWII. Therefore, the main ceremonies always took place at Majdanek, although, as part of the event, meetings with former prisoners, film screenings, and war-themed exhibitions were organized throughout Poland.

    The formula of the Days of Majdanek evolved with the changing political climate in Poland, from religious and patriotic events in the 1940s, through mass rallies and manifestations at the height of the People's Republic of Poland, to the modern-day thematic meetings devoted to important museum-related issues.

    The present exhibition, prepared on the basis of rich source material documenting the activities of the Museum and the Society for the Protection of Majdanek, provides a historical overview of the Days of Majdanek until the jubilee year of 2015, when the event was organized for the last time. The Days of Majdanek went down in history as one of the most recognizable cyclical museum events which, over a period of seven decades, was attended by several generations of Poles.

    Concept and script: Anna Wójcik, Joanna Cieślik
    Editing and proofreading: Dorota Niedziałkowska
    Graphic design: Izabela Tomasiewicz
    Translation: Witold Wojtaszko, Lech Remiszewski
    Archival materials: State Museum at Majdanek

  • Historical exhibition “The Prisoners of Majdanek”

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    July 22, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the concentration camp at Majdanek. Prepared for this occasion, the exhibition evokes the memory of its prisoners. The individual life stories of the people who were victims of the Nazi persecution and extermination policies make up the history of the Majdanek camp.

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    The exhibition "The Prisoners of Majdanek" is the most technologically advanced temporal historical exposition presented at the State Museum at Majdanek during its 70 years of existence. The exposition takes place in barracks 62, which used to be a shoe repair workshop. Nowadays it has been transformed into a modern place for exhibitions. Apart from genuine exhibits and documents never before shown to the public, there are also the audiovisual narrations given by former prisoners along with the modern multimedia applications devoted to the history of the camp.

    The curator of the exhibition: Krzysztof Banach
    Scenario: Krzysztof Banach, Marta Grudzińska, Wojciech Lenarczyk
    Aristic design: Izabela Tomasiewicz
    Editing and proofreading: Ewa Bąbol
    Idea and counseling: Tomasz Kranz
    Place of presentation: barracks no. 62
    Languages: Polish, English

  • Doctors in Prison Uniforms. Medical Service at Majdanek

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    "Doctors in Prison Uniforms. Medical Service at Majdanek" is the first exposition of the State Museum at Majdanek which was prepared to be viewed on the Internet. Not only does it concentrate on the history of the functioning of infirmaries or the lazaret for Soviet POWs, but it is also an attempt to answer the question whether and in what ways it was possible to treat the inmates in really poor camp conditions. The exhibition is illustrated with video footages, scans of archival documents and photographs of the artifacts found at Majdanek after the war.

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    Website: http://lekarze-w-pasiakach.majdanek.eu

    Scenario: Maria Ciesielska, Marta Grudzińska
    Proofreading: Ewa Matłaszewska
    Translation: Witold Wojtaszko
    Graphic design: Izabela Tomasiewicz
    Presented since: 20 June 2016
    Languages: Polish and English

  • Districts of Extermination. Ghettos for Jews in German-occupied Lublin

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    The exhibition “Districts of Extermination. Ghettos for Jews in German-occupied Lublin” presents the episodic history of Lublin Ghetto as well as of a residual ghetto at Majdan Tatarski in a cross-sectoral manner.

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    On March 24, 1941, German occupiers established a ghetto for around 34,000 Jews in the Lublin district of Podzamcze. Following its liquidation and transports of nearly 28,000 ghetto inhabitants to the German death camp in Bełżec in March and April 1942, remaining Jews were relocated to a newly established ghetto in the district of Majdan Tatarski. Eventually, it too was liquidated by the occupiers on November 9, 1942, and its residents were either murdered in the camps at Majdanek and in Sobibór or executed in the nearby Krępiec Forest. Over the span of their existence, in both ghettos or the associated camps approximately 40,000 Jews lost their lives. The victims included residents of Lublin and the Lublin region, Jews relocated from Łódź, Kalisz, Sieradz, Kraków, and Warsaw, as well as a number of Czech and German nationals.

    Marking the 75th anniversary of the ghetto establishment, the exhibition “Districts of Extermination. Ghettos for Jews in German-occupied Lublin” consists of 20 boards with rotating displays that make it possible to actively acquire information provided. The exhibition presents over 120 photographs and historical documents from Polish and foreign archives and private collections, as well as 52 fragments of accounts by witnesses.

    Concept and script: Krzysztof Banach
    Editing, proofreading, processing: Ewa Matłaszewska
    Graphic design: Izabela Tomasiewicz
    Consultant: Tomasz Kranz
    Translation: Witold Wojtaszko
    Venue: historical trail, along prisoner fields III and IV
    Open: since March 24, 2016
    Language: Polish, English

Permanent exhibitions

  • Shrine – the Memorial Site for an Unknown Victim

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    "Shrine" is an artistic intallation that combines such elements as sculpture, drawings and music. Its aim is to pay tribute to all anonymous victims of KL Lublin.

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    The exhibition was opened on July 23, 1999, on the 55th anniversary of liqudiating the concentration camp at Majdanek. It is the answer to the appeal made by gomer Majdanek prisoners who in 1994 wrote the following words: "Let the ashes that are gathered here and scattered all over the world give rise to the new sense of humanity that would be close to everyone."

    "Shrine" is a multimedia "light and sound" performance. A composition of barbed wire balls with light inside is the metaphor of the fragility of life as well as the reminder of nationalities of Majdanek prisoners. The last part consists of graphic composition referring to the form of altar and a book with the names of the commemorated nationalities. T/he artistic forms are completed with atmospheric music accompanied by the sound of quiet prayers of different religions and accounts by Majdanek prisoners.

    Idea and realization: Tadeusz Mysłowski
    Music: Zbigniew Bargielski
    Venue: barracks no. 47

    The exhibition is open between April 1 and October 31 from 9.00 to 17.00, excluding Mondays, national and religious holidays.

  • They Arrived at the Ghetto... And Went into the Unknown...

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    The exhibition “They Arrived at the Ghetto... And Went into the Unknown...” presents various aspects and circumstances of the extermination of Polish and foreign Jews carried out within the framework of “Aktion Reinhardt.” 20 exhibition panels include historical commentaries that are richly illustrated with documents and archival photos.

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    The texts present the genesis and the course of “Aktion Reinhardt” – starting from the first deportations from Lublin and Lwow to the death camp in Bełżec through to “Aktion Erntefest” which took place at Majdanek and in a few labor camps in the Lublin Region.

    On July 22, 1942, the Germans started the so-called Grossaktion Warsaw. Transports with Jews deported from Warsaw were sent to the Treblinka death camp. Simultaneously, Jews from the Kraków and Galicia districts were resettledto the Bełżec death camp. At that moment, “Aktion Reinhardt” which started in March was in its most bloody stage.

    In August 1942, the number of deportations soared. On August 10, the Grossaktion started in Lwow – the second city in the General Government, after Warsaw, with the largest Jewish population. Between August 24-28, about 16,000 people, i.e. almost all Jews from Nowy Sącz and surrounding areas, were transported to Bełżec by the Nazis. The mass deportations and executions took place almost on the entire territory of the General Government. Apart from that, Germans plundered also Jewish property. The Jewish belongings – taken mostly from the victims of death camps – were transported to Lublin and segregated in the camps at Flugplatz (Wrońska Street), at Sportplatz (Ogródkowa Street), in money and valuables storehouses (Chmielna Street) and at the Majdanek concentration camp. German authorities also robbed individual villages from which Jewish people were resettled.

    The exhibition “They Arrived at the Ghetto... And Went into the Unknown...” was presented for the first time in July 2012, to mark the 70th anniversary of ”Aktion Reinhardt.” In 2015, the English-German version of the exhibition was presented in Volkshochschule Bielefeld.

    Two exhibition catalogues (Polish-English and German-French) were published.

    Scenario: Robert Kuwałek and Dariusz Libionka
    Graphic design: Izabela Tomasiewicz

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