73 years after the creation of the original typescript, we are releasing without the censorship or any deeper editorial changes the third edition of memoirs written by a Polish political prisoner of KL Lublin. 485 days at Majdanek is one of the most important reports that concern the functioning of the camp. The book will be launched on June 20, 2018, at 5.00 p.m. in the Voivodeship Public Library of Hieronim Łopaciński in Lublin.
On June 4, students from the Primary School and Middle School for the Blind in Laski visited the State Museum at Majdanek. They took part in a museum lesson ‘Different lots - similar dreams. The prisoners and Majdanek concentration camp in the videos of history witnesses’ prepared by the Education Department.
The14th of June has been established the National Remembrance Day for Victims of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps. The State Museum at Majdanek will join its observances with two projects held on 14 and 16 June.
In a downpour and flood of sunlight, the staff of five museums and the Municipal Council of Lublin competed on a pitch. The 1st Football Tournament for Museum Staff took place on 2 June 2018 on a side pitch of the Arena Lublin.
On June 4, 2018, on the 14th anniversary of the opening of the Museum – Memorial Site in Bełżec, the 2nd Workshop ‘History-Education-Memory’ was held.
On 22-25 May we have hosted a Polish and German seminar for teachers called "Extracurricular education at memorial sites in Poland and Germany". The seminar resulted from a cooperation between the State Museum at Majdanek and House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin.
Former prisoners of German concentration camps left the wires of a KZ physically and mentally exhausted. As a result of severe stress and trauma, they suffered from the so-called KZ-syndrome, or post-traumatic stress disorder. On 24 May, we organized a meeting aiming at explanation of the syndrom and its influence on the fates of families of former prisoners.
The next ebook is now available in our museum bookshop. Publication “Zur Pädagogik der Erinnerung. Bedingungen, Ziele und Methoden historischer Bildung in Gedenkstätten“ [Pedagogy of remembrance. Determinants, aims and methods of historical education in memorial sites], ed. Tomasz Kranz, is intended for museologists, teachers and other persons involved in social and political education.
We have a pleasure to inform that the jury of the 38th edition of the 2017 Sybilla Competition for the Museum Event of the Year awarded the State Museum at Majdanek the honourable mention in the category ‘Martyrological undertakings’ for an open-air exhibition ‘Districts of extermination.’ The awards ceremony took place on May 21 in the National Museum in Warsaw.
On May 10-17, two trainees, Jenny Sinner and Fabian Rastetter, from the company Daimler AG with its registered office near Stuttgart, visited the State Museum at Majdanek.
The trauma associated with the imprisonment in a German concentration camp did not end for a prisoner together with World War Two. Former prisoners left the wires of the camp physically and mentally exhausted. As a result of severe stress and trauma, they suffered from the so-called KZ-syndrome, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It sometimes disclosed right after leaving the camp, in othecases it would last few years, before the symptoms occured
On 19 May the International Museum Day will be celebrated. For this year’s edition the State Museum at Majdanek has prepared a special offer for people interested in the history of the Konzentrationslager Lublin, its prisoners as well as in the functioning of the Museum. This year the Museum Day has the form of the open door in different departments of the State Museum at Majdanek. Additionally, a fair of museum books will take place.
This summer the 75th anniversary of the displacement of the Polish families from the Zamość Region to the German concentration camp at Majdanek is marked. On 28 April we have opened a new exhibition devoted to the tragic fates of the region inhabitants who were detained in KL Lublin in June and July 1943.
The State Museum at Majdanek is organising the third edition of the educational program ‘We remember… 17 March – 19 April’ which is aimed at students of secondary schools and upper-secondary schools in Lublin who are interested in the history of their city and the times of the German occupation in particular.
On April 6, the participants of the 40th National Competition in Geodesy and Cartography visited the State Museum at Majdanek.
For the next time, the State Museum at Majdanek joined the partners of Season Lublin – tourist project comprising 280 events organized between April 27 and May 6. The Museum has prepared a diversified offer, including lectures, meetings, presentations and thematic walks around the city. Registration is needed to take part in some events. Details available at www.sezon.lublin.eu
At the beginning of November 2017 in the Visitor Service Centre of the State Museum at Majdanek, we opened a temporary exhibition of extraordinary drawings by Józef Richter. At first, there was very little information as to the identity of the artist.
On March 19, 2018, the 76th anniversary of the beginning of "Aktion Reinhardt" was marked at the Museum - Memorial Site in Bełżec.
On March 16 in the Faculty of Humanities of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, we have prepared two open lectures on the 76th anniversary of the beginning of "Aktion Reinhardt." The event attracted huge audience which is a proof of big interest in this difficult part of history.
On the night of 16 to 17 March 1942, liquidation of the German ghetto for Jews in Podzamcze in Lublin took place. The next day the Jews were deported in the first mass deportation to the German Nazi concentration camp in Bełżec. It was the beginning of ‘Aktion Reinhard.’ On 16 March 2018, the 76th anniversary of those events, we would like to invite you to Maria Curie-Skłodowska University to participate in open lectures regarding this subject.
On 27 February the meeting of the Museum Board of the State Museum at Majdanek took place. By unanimous vote, the board members adopted Museum’s activity report for 2017 as well as a work plan for the next year.
A scout, soldier of the Home Army, prisoner of Majdanek and a few other German Nazi concentration camps, Zacheusz Pawlak’s life was a subject of a meeting organised on 22 February by the State Museum at Majdanek. Its central element was the screening of a documentary, which was accompanied by a meeting with the filmmakers and Zacheusz Pawlak’s closest ones.
As part of the discussion on Majdanek as a place of memory of World War II, we would like to provide you with an article by dr. Tomasz Kranz, director of the State Museum at Majdanek, published in 2015 in the volume "Lublin Places of Memory in Public and Educational Space" (edited by A. Ausz et al.).
Nearly 200 German volunteers from the Federal Volunteers Service will have visited the State Museum at Majdanek by the end of April 2018. The aim of their study tours will be to explore the area of the former camp at Majdanek and to get familiar with the educational materials.