On February 17th, the State Museum at Majdanek and the Museum and Memorial Site in Bełżec organized a methodical training on extracurricular historical education in post-camp memorial sites. It was attended by 25 primary and secondary school teachers from the Zamość region.
On March 3, a new guided tour reservation system with a pre-payment requirement will be launched at our Museum.
In 2019 the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór were visited by 312,000 visitors. This is almost 100,000 more than last year.
Several photographs taken in the German extermination camp in Sobibór by its crew members and discovered by the Bildungswerk Stanisław Hantz e. V. association (the so-called Niemann collection), will be on display documenting the history of the camp.
Presentation of Halina’s Birenbaum history, reading poems and honouring the victims – this is how the State Museum at Majdanek commemorated The International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
At the end of December, we received from Mr. Erich Schiele from New York memorabilia belonging to Jerzy Kwiatkowski, the author of the most famous account of the German concentration camp KL Lublin entitled "485 Days at Majdanek." Mr. Schiele's family had been friends with Kwiatkowski, they lived in the neighborhood.
The year 2019 was a jubilee year, as 75 years passed since the establishing of the State Museum at Majdanek. The anniversary also referred to the liquidation of the KL Lublin concentration camp. Shortly after this occurrence, when the armed conflict was still ongoing, the first institution in the world to commemorate the victims of World War II was created.
We are presenting an unusual film about a special place – its past and present, the tragic fate of the German concentration camp and the obligations of the museum created on its territory to the next generations.
In November, artifacts from the area of the former German Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór returned to the museum from conservation workshops. Currently, the collection of the State Museum at Majdanek includes over 11 000 objects from Sobibór, found during archaeological research conducted in the years 2000–2017.
On November 3, 2019, at the State Museum at Majdanek we commemorated the 76th anniversary of the "Erntefest" operation. By laying wreaths and white stones as well as by burning candles at the obelisk symbolizing the exterminated prisoners, the gathered guests paid homage to the victims of the brutal murder that took place in the Lublin region on November 3 and 4, 1943.
On Saturday, October 19, we organized another edition of a nationwide training seminar for teachers. The theme of the meeting was the comic book "Freedom Bread" published this year by the Museum. The event was attended by 70 educators from all over Poland. The participants were teachers specializing in history and social studies, Polish language and foreign languages, but also librarians, science teachers or tour guides.
Places with a difficult history and museums arising in post-camp places – their role, problems, forms of action and perspectives. These issues were the main topics of the nationwide scientific conference 'Histora w przestrzeniach pamięci. Obóz – miejsce – muzeum' (History in spaces of remembrance. Camp – place – museum) which was held in Lublin on October 7–9, 2019.
76 years ago, as a result of revolt, prisoners escaped from the German Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór.
On October 6, the works of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar honoured the commencement of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the State Museum at Majdanek.
The role of monuments in shaping memory, and the ways of how commemoration has changed over the years, as well as what is the artist's task – these and other problems were discussed by the participants of the debate "Sculpture that changed the landscape of Lublin – 50 years of the Majdanek monument". The debate took place on September 19 at the Academic Culture Center "Chatka Żaka" in Lublin.
On August 17 and 18, the State Museum at Majdanek organizes another edition of “Weekend with history”
On July 22, 2019, the State Museum at Majdanek celebrated the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of Konzentrationslager Lublin – a German concentration camp.
We have the honour of inviting you to the State Museum at Majdanek on July 22, 2019 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of KL Lublin – the German concentration camp at Majdanek
On 20-22 July 2019, the State Museum at Majdanek organizes the Reunion of families of the former Majdanek prisoners – "Generations". The relatives of the people imprisoned in German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek from all over Poland will take part in it. On the last day of the Reunion there is a ceremony dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of KL Lublin.
On July 2, 2019 we will launch individual guided tours without a reservation.
On May 30 the State Museum at Majdanek hosted prison officers from the branch of Prison Officers Association at the Custody Suite in Lublin. They learned the history of KL Lublin and its inmates by visiting the former German Nazi concentration camp in Lublin and the historical exhibitions.
On May 21, the Museum hosted applicants, judges, and prosecuting attorneys from Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Germany. Their visit was organised by the European Judical Training Network AIACOS in cooperation with the National Schools of Judiciary and Public Prosecution in Cracow and Lublin.
The methods of conservation of historic artifacts, rare documents and stories from the comic book “Chleb wolnościowy” (The Bread of Freedom) — all of this you could learn about on Saturday during open day in the State Museum at Majdanek.
Today, a public presentation of the winners of the design competition of the permanent exhibition at the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór. German Nazi death camp (1942–1943). Branch of the State Museum at Majdanek took place.