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.
Directors and officers of the Detention Ward in Krasnystaw and Prison in Opole Lubelskie participated in workshops “Perpetrators of Majdanek. Common people or fanatic murderers?” which were held at the State Museum at Majdanek on 23 and 30 January 2018.
During the two-day celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the State Museum at Majdanek commemorated the murdered Jews.
On January 20, 2018, the State Museum at Majdanek organised a meeting marking the 75th anniversary of the pacification of the village of Dziesiąta. It was an opportunity to talk with eyewitnesses to the events as well as to hear some unknown information concerning this topic.
On January 18, 2018, the State Museum at Majdanek and Stanisław Staszic High School in Lublin began the implementation of another joint venture, which aims to popularize knowledge about the history of KL Lublin among young people
A report on the activities of the State Museum at Majdanek in 2017 has already been published. You will find there the most important events held by the Museum, accomplishments and information on the collections.
Once again, The State Museum at Majdanek joins the celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The number of people who visited the State Museum at Majdanek in the last five years increased by nearly 50%. In 2017, 239,149 people came to the institution.
75 years ago, on a frosty morning on January 25, 1943, the residents of Dziesiąta village were woken up by German shouts, banging on the door with rifle butts and barking dogs. The pacification of their small homeland began. They were given only several minutes to take the most necessary things. Then they were placed on carts and taken to the Majdanek concentration camp, which they had been viewing through the windows of their houses.
The State Museum at Majdanek took part in the “Accessible Culture” programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the third time. This year, 101 groups of primary and secondary school students from all over Poland participated in the free museum lessons organized by the Majdanek Museum and Memorial Site in Bełżec.
A vital part of the Museum collections are prayer books found on the grounds of the Majdanek camp shortly after its liquidation in 1944. Eight of them were analyzed and restored recently, including pocket diary with handwritten notes in French.
The mound with ashes of the victims of the German concentration camp, located in the Mausoleum, underwent conservation commissioned by the State Museum at Majdanek.
On the grounds of the former German Nazi death camp in Sobibór the construction works planned in 2017 related to the creation of the Museum - Memorial Site in Sobibór, a branch of the State Museum at Majdanek, came to an end.
The State Museum at Majdanek has been honoured with the St. Maximilian Kolbe Medal. The initiator of this honour is the Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Collegium of Social Service Workers in Lublin.
We are proud to announce that the publication "Majdanek w dokumentach" [Majdanek in Documents] received the Paweł Konrad’s Laurel award in the category Lublin - monograph in the contest "The Book of the Year."
The Museum at Majdanek has accomplished conservation of another group of relics found on the grounds of the former German Nazi death camp in Sobibór.
On 5 December, the director of the State Museum at Majdanek, dr Tomasz Kranz, and the director of the Stanisław Staszic High School No. 1 in Lublin, Stanislaw Stoń, signed a cooperation agreement. It involves the implementation of joint ventures in the field of history education and enables high school students to take part in a voluntary service at the Museum.
Maria Buko and Katarzyna Madoń-Mitzner, co-authors of the book "Przetrwałam. Doświadczenia kobiet więzionych w czasach nazizmu i stalinizmu" [I Did Survive. Experiences of Women Imprisoned in the Times of Nazism and Stalinism], were guests of the Majdanek Museum. On 17 November, they discussed their work at the publication. The host of the meeting was Marta Grudzińska.
“The Saint” – this is how Wanda Ossowska, a prisoner of the concentration camp at Majdanek, was described by her fellow prisoners. The commemoration of this remarkable character was held on November 14, 2017, as part of the All Souls’ Day at Majdanek.
On 8 November on one of the building at Wrońska Street 2 plaques commemorating the victims of the former German Nazi labour camp at the so-called Flugplatz and the functioning of the pre-war E. Plage and T. Laśkiewicz Mechanical Plants were unveiled. It was a joint initiative by the State Museum at Majdanek in Lublin, the “Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN” Centre and "Wschód" SA company.