DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM
Tomasz Kranz – doctor of humanities in contemporary history, a graduate of: German Philology at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, postgraduate courses in the field of museology at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Public Relations at the Lublin Business School. Since 2007, he has been the head of the State Museum at Majdanek.
He has played a number of roles in expert committees for museums and centres dealing with the issue of Nazi crimes, including membership in: the International Museum Council at the Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin (2000–2012), international jury of the Geschichtswerkstatt Europa programme (2008–2012) and the Museum Council at the Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo (since 2007). In the period between 1990 and 1999 ha was a secretary of the editorial board of “Zeszyty Majdanka” [Majdanek Notebooks] magazine, and since 2000 its editor-in-chief. He teaches at the Institute of Cultural Studies of the Catholic University of Lublin. His publications are devoted to the history of the German concentration camp at Majdanek, with a special emphasis on extermination and mortality rate of the prisoners, a role and functions of martyrdom museums in the society, theory of history education in museums – memorial sites as well as Polish-German relations regarding the commemoration of World War II. Some of his publications are: Zur Erfassung der Häftlingssterblichkeit im Konzentrationslager Lublin; The Extermination of Jews at the Majdanek Concentration Camp (also in German and in Polish); (ed.): Zbrodnie nazizmu w świadomości i edukacji historycznej w Polsce i Niemczech (also in German); Edukacja historyczna w miejscach pamięci. Zarys problematyki; (ed.): Zur Pädagogik der Erinnerung. Bedingungen, Ziele und Methoden historischer Bildung in Gedenkstätten.