Over 18 thousand Jews were murdered in the camp at Majdanek on 3 November 1943. It was the biggest execution by shooting in the history of German Nazi concentration camps. On Friday, the State Museum at Majdanek was the place where people paid tribute to those who were murdered. The opening of a new museum exhibition was also held.
Since 3 November 2017, a new temporary exhibition can be watched in the Visitor Service Centre. Curators of the exhibition "Drawings on the Scraps of Life. The Extermination of Jews in the Lublin Region in the Józef Richter's Sketches" are Krzysztof Banach and Lech Remiszewski. Opening of the exhibition was held on the 74th anniversary of the "Bloody Wednesday" during which on November 3, 1943 more than 18,000 Jews were murdered at Majdanek.
The State Museum at Majdanek and the Provincial Police Headquarters in Lublin established long-term cooperation which resulted in another seminar at the memorial site.
On October 10, 1942 the German occupation authorities carried out a police action in the Dziesiąta district. As a result, many people were detained and about 150 were imprisoned behind the barbed wire of the concentration camp at Majdanek. On the 75th anniversary of those events, the State Museum at Majdanek organised an education project for the youth whose aim was to commemorate the victims of the pacification.
On October 2 the temporary exhibition “Res non humana – inhuman thing. The German occupation of the Zamość Region 1939-1944” prepared by the Museum – Memorial Site in Bełżec was made available for the visitors of the Tomaszów Lubelski Cultural Center.
A meeting dedicated to the former prisoner of KL Lublin and the Lublin Castle, Helena Pawluk, took place on September 27 in the Reading Room of Hieronim Łopaciński Provincial Public Library at 4 Narutowicza Street in Lublin. The grandson of Helena Pawluk, Wojciech, his wife Danuta and his son Marcin were the guests of the Museum and the Library.
As part of cooperation between the State Museum at Majdanek and Lublin Regional Inspectorate of the Prison Service, on the 15th of September in Opole Lubelskie Prison first educational workshops for prisoners were held. The aim of joint programme of museum workers and prison service is to form proper moral and social attitude through teaching the history of Majdanek.
The Days of Majdanek went down in history as one of the most recognizable cyclical museum events which, over a period of seven decades, was attended by several generations of Poles. Opening of the exhibtion devoted to the Days of Majdanek took place on 16 September. The event was part of the European Heritage Days.
On September 14, the debate entitled “How to talk about history in museums?” took place in the State Museum at Majdanek. The participants debated, among other things, how to create museum narratives in historical museums and traumatic memorial sites so as to make them interesting and accessible to the viewer, as well as to impart knowledge and shape historical thinking.
Articles by historians, art historians, culture experts, sociologists and museum pedagogues from Poland, Germany and Austria are included in the newest publication issued by the State Museum at Majdanek.
To the people who work together with the State Museum at Majdanek belong also young people, who right after the secondary school leaving examination decide to do a 12-months voluntary service in the Museum. It is possible thanks to two organisations - Action Reconciliation – Service for Peace (Aktion Sühnezeichen – Friedensdienste) from Germany and Niemals Vergessen from Austria.
It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Franciszek Brzezicki – a former Majdanek prisoner, co-founder of the Union of Poles in Zhytomyr.
On 24–27 July 2017 the State Museum at Majdanek together with The House of the Wannsee Conference organized a workshop for teachers from Polish and German schools. The teachers were presented with methods and forms of out-of-school education used at the State Museum at Majdanek that allowed them for better preparation of their students for visits at the post-camp memorial sites and development of their own methods of work during regular lessons.
On the grounds of the former German death camp in Sobibór the work on the protection of mass graves containing ashes of the camp victims has finished. It was the first phase of the international project to create the Museum – Memorial Site in Sobibór.
Accompanied by the former prisoners of the German Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek as well as municipal and provincial authorities the commemoration of the subsequent anniversary of the liquidation of KL Lublin took place on 21 July. The gathered paid tribute to the victims by lighting candles and laying flowers. The commemoration was preceded with the screening of a documentary and a special exhibition of the former prisoners.
On July 14, 2017 the State Museum at Majdanek was visited by a delegation of the District Inspectorate of the Prison Service in Lublin, headed by Col. Wlodzimierz Jacek Głuchem. This visit was aimed at signing a cooperation agreement between the Museum and the Prison Service.
Young Germans, who will begin volunteering in various institutions commemorating the victims of World War II and social welfare centers in Europe, the United States and Israel, have been involved in the educational seminar organized at the Majdanek Museum.
On September 24-30, 2017, the 14th edition of the Lublin Science Festival will be held. This year's edition will run under the motto “Science – between tradition and modernity.” The State Museum at Majdanek will take part in it for the 12th time.
The National Remembrance Day for Victims of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps is commemorated on June 14. On this day, former prisoners of Majdanek and other camps will meet with the youth from the Lublin high schools.
On June 5 and 7, 2017, the students of the Stanisław Staszic High School No. 1 in Lublin took part in an educational project at the State Museum at Majdanek. The programme of the visit included, among other things, cleanup work in the area of the former concentration camp. Their task was to clean the edging around the barracks nos. 1 and 2 on the third prisoners' field.
An educational seminar for teachers from Germany was held at the State Museum at Majdanek. Its aim was to familiarize its participants with the history of German occupation in the Lublin region and to present the educational offer of the Museum related to the work with school students.
Lublin Tourist Card is a product designed for people who are interested in the tourist offer of Lublin. During its visit to the Majdanek Museum, its owners will have access to free museum parking.
Between May 15th and May 17th, two trainees from Daimler AG (Timo Besemer and Matthias Mischke) took up the practice at the Majdanek Museum.
One of the important tendencies in the development of museums are aspirations to build a message that stimulates imagination as well as triggers an interaction between visitors and museum exhibits. The key question is what can be defined as museum experience and what it comprises of. These questions were pondered upon during the panel discussion “Museums as the place of experiencing” organised on May 18 by the State Museum at Majdanek.