The last group of 800 prisoners, escorted by the SS, left the German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek in Lublin on July 22, 1944. This event marked the final liquidation of the camp operating since the autumn of 1941.
Construction work on the grounds of the Museum in Sobibór – branch of the State Museum at Majdanek – start this week. The area of the former German Nazi death camp will be closed to visitors until further notice.
Students from the State Police School in Hamburg visited a few museums and historical sites commemorating the victims of World War II and Nazi crimes. Their visit was related to the events from 76 years, when the Hamburg Reserve Police Battalion 101 started its monstrous activity in the Zamość region.
On June 20, 2018, in the Voivodeship Public Library of Hieronim Łopaciński in Lublin, we promoted a new edition of Jerzy Kwiatkowski's memoirs.
The last free museum lesson in the State Museum at Majdanek before the holiday season took place on June 19, 2018. The lessons were a part of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme called ‘Accessible Culture’.
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.