As part of the cooperation between the State Museum at Majdanek and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives in the USA, the first English-language edition of one of the best-known testimonies on the functioning of the German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek was created. Its author, Jerzy Kwiatkowski (1894–1980), spent 485 days in KL Lublin as a political prisoner.
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, 2021, until further notice. Visitor service buildings, museum exhibitions, and memorial sites will not be available to the public.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s way of the cross within the grounds of the former German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek will take an online form.
2021 marks 79 years since accomplishment of one of the most atrocious crimes perpetrated by Germans during the Second World War – “Aktion Reinhardt.” It covered Polish Jews from the General Government and Białystok Bezirk, but also Jewish inhabitants of many Germany-occupied countries. It was started with deportations to the death camp in Bełżec, on March 17, 1942.
On March 4, Director of the Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports, Paulina Florjanowicz, visited the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór. The Nazi German Extermination Camp (1942–1943). Branch of the State Museum at Majdanek.
Due to the re-opening of the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches, we publish a special edition of the “Varia” magazine which is devoted solely to the realisation of the permanent exhibition in the Museum and Memorial in Sobibor. Paper edition of the magazine is available to the visitors on site.
We are pleased to announce that on February 9 the State Museum at Majdanek, the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór and the Museum and Memorial in Bełżec will become again available to visitors.
The newest Polish-English issue of “Varia” magazine was published. This time it summarizes the activities of the State Museum at Majdanek in 2020. Although, due to Covid-19 pandemic, last year it became an unusually difficult challenge to run standard substantial activities, we accomplished a few important projects.
Majdanek, Bełżec, and Sobibór – three places inextricably connected with the extermination of Jews conducted by Nazi Germany under the codename “Aktion Reinhardt.” Majdanek concentration camp as well as the extermination camps in Bełżec and Sobibór claimed the lives of approximately 700.000 Jewish women, children, and men.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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, 1943, an armed revolt prepared by a group of prisoners led by Alexander Pechersky and Lejba Felhendler broke out in Sobibór.