The latest report on the Museum’s activity has been published. As always, it presents the most important events organised by the State Museum at Majdanek, achievements, information on collections, maintenance and activities addressed to the wide audience.
Due to renovation work in the one of the most important buildings preserved on the grounds of the State Museum at Majdanek, the bath barracks and gas chambers will be unavailable for visitors until the summer of 2020.
Once again, the State Museum at Majdanek joined the celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The State Museum at Majdanek invites to participate in 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.
On January 17, 2019, it has been 76 years since the first transport of Polish political prisoners departed from Pawiak to the concentration camp in Lublin. On that occasion the State Museum at Majdanek organized a meeting called ‘Playmates. ‘Jola’, ‘Marysia’ and ‘Rudy’ in Gestapo prison in Pawiak and in German concentration camp at Majdanek’, in which Pawiak prisoner and prisoner of German camps Leszek Zabłocki nicknamed ‘Jola’ participated.
We join the celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day again this year. The State Museum at Majdanek invites to participate in the workshops, lectures and guided tours around the Museum on January 25 and 27.
The State Museum at Majdanek decided to fully renovate 51 books from the historic collections, including 27 prayer books. All the items were found in the area of the camp at Majdanek after its liquidation.
On the night of September 17, 1942, Germans arrested three boys in the building on Krechowiecka Street in Warsaw. Involved in the Polish underground resistance movement, Adam Nowosławski alias ‘Marysia,’ Jerzy Giergielewicz alias ‘Rudy’ and Leszek Zabłocki alias ‘Jola,’ were sent to the Gestapo prison on Pawia Street. After five months of isolation and brutal interrogations, all three were transported to the concentration camp at Majdanek.
Romuald Dylewski died on January 7. He was an urbanist who rendered great service especially to the urban development of Lublin and Lublin region, honorary member of the Society of Polish Urbanists and Association of Polish Architects, author of many works in the field of city and region planning.
From year-to-year, we notice a stronger interest in the museum lessons organised by the Education Department of the State Museum at Majdanek and the Museum and Memorial Site in Bełżec. In 2018, there were organised around 120 museum classes at the museum. Almost 3500 primary, middle and high school students from the whole Poland attended the lessons.
Over three hundred private photographs belonging to the victims of “Aktion Reinhardt” were commissioned to restore by the Museum. As a result, pictures which had been pasted into an album were unstuck from its pages. Later the photographs were reinforced and their elasticity was restored. It also turned out that there are notes on the reverses of some pictures that make it possible to identify people posing for photographs.
In September 2018 a collection of archives related to Doctor Jan Klonowski was added to the Museum's collections. The remembrances were donated by Antoni Klonowski, his son.
It is with great pleasure for us to inform that a book by the State Museum at Majdanek has received, for the second time in a row, the Paweł Konrad’s Laurel award in the contest "The Book of the Year" organized by the Hieronim Łopaciński Voivodship Library in Lublin. This time the jury rewarded album “Districts of Extermination. Ghettos for Jews in German-occupied Lublin” by Krzysztof Banach.
Prisoners of stalags, oflags and the Majdanek camp and Lublin Castle referred to her as ‘Aunt Antonina’ or ‘Dear Mother,’ whereas for habitants of Lublin she was known as a patriotic and social activist, whose social activity was honoured by naming one of the streets of the city after her. Family of Antonina Grygowa, mentioned above, donated to our Museum almost 200 secret messages sent by Polish prisoners of the Majdanek concentration camp.
On November 15, 2018, a meeting devoted to the memory of Saturnina Malm took place at the State Museum at Majdanek. She was an initiator of the aid action for the camp prisoners. The event was organised over the cycle ‘All Souls’ Day at Majdanek’.
You are cordially invited to a meeting devoted to the memory of Saturnina ‘Mother’ Malm which will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 12 p.m. at the Visitor Service Centre of the State Museum at Majdanek. The event is organised over the cycle ‘All Souls’ Day at Majdanek’.
On November 4, we organized in cooperation with the Lublin Philharmonic a symphonic concert “In Memory of the Holocaust Victims.” The unique concert closed the series of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the extermination of Jews committed by the Third Reich in 1942-1943 under the codename “Aktion Reinhardt.”
75 years ago, on November 3-4 1943, Germans shot about 42 thousand Jews in the Lublin region. The executions were held at the concentration camp at Majdanek and in labour camps in Trawniki and Poniatowa. Last Sunday, we paid homage to the victims.
On November 4, the 75th anniversary of operation “Erntefest” is observed that was the biggest execution by firing squad in the history of the German concentration camps. It resulted in killing over 18 thousand Jews at the Majdanek camp. Everyone who would like to pay tribute to the murdered, by lighting candles and laying down wreaths at the foot of the obelisk next to the Mausoleum, is invited to the Museum at Majdanek at 12.00.
The State Museum at Majdanek and the Henryk Wieniawski Lublin Philharmonic cordially invite on 4 November, 6 pm., to symphonic concert “In Memory of the Holocaust Victims.” It is organized on the 75th anniversary of operation “Erntefest” (“Harvest Festival”), in course of which on 3-4 November 1943 Germans shot 42 thousand Jews in the concentration camp at Majdanek and in labor camps in Trawniki and Poniatowa.
In the State Museum at Majdanek, the third edition of methodological training for extracurricular historical education in post-camp memorial sites took place. It was so popular that we have organized it twice: on 6 and 20 October. It was participated by over 100 teachers and educators from all over Poland.
On 14 October, relatives of the former prisoners of the death camp in Sobibór, representatives of state and regional authorities, ambassadors and diplomats, employees of associations commemorating the Holocaust victims met at the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór to commemorate the prisoners’ revolt and escape – one of the most remarkable acts of Jewish resistance during WW2.
On 14 October 1943, the uprising broke out in the German Nazi death camp in Sobibór. It was one of the most remarkable acts of Jewish resistance during WW2, next to the rising in the Warsaw ghetto and the revolt in the Treblinka death camp. The ceremony commemorating the uprising is held on Sunday, 14 October, at 12.00 at the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór. German Nazi Death Camp (1942–1943). Branch of the State Museum at Majdanek.
Between 2000 and 2017 archaeological research was conducted in the area of the former German Nazi death camp in Sobibór, whose main purpose was to reveal places with the ashes of the murdered and to recognize the topography of the camp.