To understand the history. To understand the museum
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.
During the first meeting, we used archival documents and photographs to show the story of two concentration camp inmates, Jan Klonowski and Kurt Wojciech Szczudło. Anna Wójcik and Joanna Cieślik from the Archive familiarised the visitors with the fates of the inmates through the presentation of authentic, sometimes very personal, documents and photographs.
Then our guests had the opportunity to learn the history of the camp at Majdanek presented in untypical form by Jolanta Laskowska from the Education Department. The comic book based on 11 reports of Majdanek camp inmates, which has already been released by our museum, was used to show very personal perspective on the history of the camp. The visitors were able to visualise the life in the concentration camp in Lublin through the lens of amazing comic book graphics.
Finally, Aleksandra Szymula and Mirosław Rolla from the Department of Collections presented the techniques of preserving artifacts made of different materials. Moreover, the whole process of aquiring artifacts for the museum was discussed. The visitors could touch authentic objects from our collection, such as shoes, barbed wire or Zyklon B cans.
The open day was the part of the International Day of Museums and the Night of Museums on the 18th of May.