International Holocaust Remembrance Day
During the two-day celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the State Museum at Majdanek commemorated the murdered Jews.
On January 26, students from the Electronics School Complex and the Stanisław Staszic Secondary School No. 1 in Lublin participated in the educational part of the ceremony concerning the history that can be read from the objects that are exhibited in the State Museum at Majdanek. They listened to a lecture devoted to Jewish ceremonial objects which were brought by Jews to the concentration camp in Majdanek as well as to the extermination camp in Sobibór. Then, former prisoners of the concentration camp in Lublin and employees of the State Museum at Majdanek along with the pupils went to the Monument-Gate where they lit six symbolic candles as a sign of remembrance of six million murdered Jews. After the official part of the ceremony, the students had the opportunity to explore further the history of the objects by working on the exhibition and visiting the grounds of the former camp.
On Saturday, January 27, the State Museum at Majdanek invited the residents of Lublin for joint commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 11 a.m., numerous residents attended the lecture and the presentation entitled “Stories hidden in objects.” The aim of the meeting was to present the history of Jewish ceremonial objects from the Museum’s collection as well as to attempt to reconstruct the everyday life of their owners. You could see talliths, tefillin straps, prayer books and other objects that were part of the Jewish life before deportation to the camps.
After the lecture the participants visited the former Majdanek camp with a guide. The tour was focused on the elements connected with the presence and the extermination of the Jews in the concentration camp at Majdanek.