On 29 April the State Museum at Majdanek opened a new exhibition presenting private documents and photographs found on the grounds of the former German concentration camp at Majdanek. The vernissage of the exhibition “Testimonies of Life at the Place of Extermination” was accompanied with a short lecture and a presentation of original objects belonging to Jewish victims murdered in the death camp in Sobibór.
On 29 April at 12.00 in the Visitor Service Centre of the Museum, opening of exhibition "Testiomonies of Life at the Place of Extermination" will be held. The artifacts to be exhibited had not been presented to wider audience. The vernissage will be accompanied with a presentation of original objects belonging to people who were murdered in the death camp in Sobibór.
The State Museum at Majdanek marked the Holocaust Remembrance Day. On 19 April, the event commemorating the Jews murdered in the Krępiec Forest, the site of mass executions, was organised. The celebration was preceded by a meeting with a former prisoner of the Majdanek camp – Zdzisław Badio.
Historical workshops for German youth from the Secondary School in Schermbeck and Polish youth from the Fifth Secondary School in Lublin took place at the Museum at Majdanek from March 31 to April 1, 2017.
The State Museum at Majdanek organizes the second edition of the educational programme "We Remember ... March 17 – April 19", which is aimed at students of middle and secondary schools, who would like to discover the history of occupied Lublin and people who lived there then.
On April 7, for the 18th time, the Way of the Cross took place on the grounds of the former concentration camp at Majdanek. It was participated by over seven thousand inhabitants of Lublin and the Lublin region, as well as a group of over 200 Ukrainians.
The State Museum at Majdanek was donated the family archive of Dr. Stefania Perzanowska. She was a prisoner of Majdanek, a founder of female camp hospital in the former concentration camp at Majdanek. The collection consists of over half a thousand of original documents dated 1911-1974, relics and scans of photographs. Donors are grandchildren of Dr. Perzanowska – Krzysztof and Andrzej Korczak from Warsaw.
On 27–31 March 2017, the historical practice at the State Museum at Majdanek was attended by the students of Friedrich von Bodelschwingh Gymnasium Bethel in Bielefeld. Together with the youth from the V Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Lublin, they took part in the workshops devoted to the history of the occupied Lublin region.
On March 23 in the Hieronim Łopaciński Voivodship Public Library, promotion of the publication “Majdanek w dokumentach” by Wojciech Lenarczyk was held. The latest book of the State Museum at Majdanek is a collection of more than 300 documents concerning KL Lublin and its related institutions.
75 years ago, on March 17, 1942, the first transports of Jews deported from the Lublin ghetto and Lvov arrived to the death camp in Bełżec. These deportations were the beginning of “Aktion Reinhardt.” About 2 million victims of this genocidal operation were commemorated at the Museum – Memorial Site in Bełżec.
On March 16, the State Museum at Majdanek opened a new open-air exhibition documenting persecution and extermination of Jews in German-occupied Lublin. The opening of the exposition entitled “Districts of Extermination” was accompanied with a lecture and presentation of archival photographs. The newest Museum publication was also presented.
Commemorating ceremonies, exhibitions, publications, educational projects and discussions by historians are among the events planned by the Museum as part of the 75th anniversary of “Aktion Reinhardt.” They will be held between March 16, 2017, and November 3, 2018. In this period we will regularly publish on our website (in section “History”) materials on history of the extermination of Jews in the General Government in 1942–1943.
On February 27, the fourth session of the Council of the State Museum at Majdanek took place. Discussing the most important undertakings accomplished by the Museum in 2016, director Tomasz Kranz mentioned mainly increased number of the visitors, Museum activities on the Internet and actions related to inventorying and preserving the Museum collections.
We kindly inform that due to the commencement of construction work on the grounds of the memorial site in Sobibór, the Museum of the Former Death Camp will be closed from March 1, 2017, until further notice.
Exhibitions, book promotions, conferences and meetings. More than a dozen events aimed at, among others, people with passion for history, academics, students and teachers will be held in the State Museum at Majdanek in 2017.
In the State Museum at Majdanek, historical workshops were held within the framework of the second edition of the educational project "Remember the past for the future" on 31 January and on 1 February 2017. The participants were German students from John-Brinckman-Gymnasium in Güstrow.
The collections of the State Museum at Majdanek were enriched with extremely interesting and valuable materials relating to Helena Pawluk née Błeszyńska, a former prisoner of the German concentration camp at Majdanek and the prison at the Lublin Castle. The collection consists of nearly 100 photographs, documents, and personal items.
The State Museum at Majdanek observed the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On 27 and 28 January tribute was paid to Jews murdered at KL Lublin and in other camps. The Museum organized a lecture and guided tour through the grounds of the former German concentration camp at Majdanek.
A report on the activities of the State Museum at Majdanek in 2016 has already been published. It includes the most important events, completed projects and information on the growing number of visitors.
On 24 January, students from the Institute of History of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University took part in a museum lesson entitled: “The world behind wires.” The lesson was organised as a part of the university course called museum studies and museology.
The Museum at Majdanek has accomplished conservation of another group of relics found on the grounds of the former German death camp in Sobibór.
In 2016, number of people who visited the State Museum at Majdanek increased again. Nearly a half of 213,237 visitors to the Museum and its branches came from abroad (93 227 people).
Over 300 records concerning the German death camp in Lublin, until now scattered in many publications and archives, have been collected in the newest publication of the State Museum at Majdanek. It is the first complex edition of sources devoted to a German concentration camp. The archives were selected, edited and preceded with an introduction by Wojciech Lenarczyk.