On January 18, 1943, the first transport of Polish political prisoners from the Gestapo prison in Warsaw, the so called Pawiak, arrived in the German concentration camp at Majdanek. The Germans sent here over 1,300 men and women arrested by occupation authorities and detained in the prison for underground activities, being suspected of Jewish descent or as a result of mass street roundups in mid-January 1943 in Warsaw.
The end of 2020 involved an intensification of activities dedicated to those with motor and visual impairments.
Archival collections of the State Museum at Majdanek were enriched with precious mementoes related to Wanda Szupenko (1901–1986), who rendered great service to the prisoners of German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek.
We encourage you to read the Christmas edition of the "Varia" magazine.
We present the latest publication of the State Museum at Majdanek - Catalog of the permanent exhibition "SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor". The publication accompanies the permanent exhibition at the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór, which by means of hundreds of artifacts, documents, photographs, and accounts recalls the memory of around 180,000 Jews – men, women, and children sentenced to cruel death because of their ancestry.
The personal items of women, men, and children; ordinary things of everyday use, as well as some unique objects of aesthetic and commemorative value; items that were either lost, hidden by their owners, omitted or rejected in the sorting workshops while preparing the shipments of the looted goods sent into the Third Reich.
The permanent exhibition at the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór presents objects discovered during the archaeological excavations carried out on the site of the former German death camp between 2000 and 2017.
Due to the new restrictions introduced by the state authorities to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we kindly inform you that the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór will be closed to visitors from November 7, 2020, until further notice. Visitor service buildings, museum exhibitions, and memorial sites will not be available to the public.
The exhibition “SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German death camp 1942–1943” strives to visualise and describe the realities of the functioning of the German death camp in Sobibór as part of a large-scale plan to exterminate the Jewish population in Europe occupied by the Third Reich.
Opening of the permanent exhibition "SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German death camp 1942–1943" - 29.10.2020
On October 14, 1943, an armed revolt prepared by a group of prisoners led by Alexander Pechersky and Lejba Felhendler broke out in Sobibór.
On October 14, 1943, an uprising was instigated by a small group of Jewish prisoners at the German death camp SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. Despite the difficulties inherent in attempting clandestine activity at the camp, the Germans were completely surprised by the rebellion, which allowed it to succeed.
We invite you to see a slightly different perspective of learning about experiences of the prisoners of KL Lublin. This time, we present fragments of this difficult history written in their own poems. Successively, on our web page and in social media we will publish the poems in the interpretation by actors of the Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin.
These recommendations, written by a group of international experts, are crafted to help educators with fact-based and educationally sound techniques for teaching the complex and nuanced history of the Holocaust.
On Novermber 3, 1943 in the German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek, nearly all the Jewish prisoners of the camp, as well as of Majdanek’s sub-camps in Lublin – the labour camp at Lipowa St. and the Flugplatz labour camp at Wrońska St. (established in the area of the former Plage & Laśkiewicz plane factory) were murdered.
We are pleased to inform you that on October 29, 2020, the permanent exhibition of the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór, entitled “SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German death camp 1942–1943,” will be opened.
SECRETARY OF STATE
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
On October 14, 2020, we are celebrating the 77th anniversary of the prisoners’ uprising at the German Nazi death camp in Sobibór.
We present three documents from the collections of the State Museum at Majdanek which will be displayed at the exhibition devoted to the history of the German death camp in Sobibór.
We invite you to the third episode of our online historical magazine Varia.
More than 11.000 items constituting the so-called Sobibór collection belong to the collections of the State Museum at Majdanek.
We encourage you to watch first part of pilot realized by State Museum at Majdanek - “History of extermination hidden in objects”. In this film we will present the objects included in the so-called Sobibór collection. They will form part of the permanent exhibition "SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor" in the new building of the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór.
On July 22, a monographic exhibition entitled “Gardener of Field III” was opened. It is dedicated to Jerzy Kwiatkowski (1894–1980), former prisoner of Konzentrationslager Lublin. A doctor of law, a military man, a banker and a businessman from Warsaw, he survived being imprisoned behind the wires for almost a year and a half. Shortly after the liberation, in 1945, he wrote down his memoirs from Majdanek.
One of the essential elements of the permanent exhibition at the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór will be the model of the extermination camp.