"Einsatz Reinhardt" - under this very codename the German and Austrian Nazis operating in the occupied Poland murdered 2,000,000 Jewish women, children, and men. Bełżec, Sobibór, Treblinka, Majdanek - these places have forever been marked with the tragic history of World War II and the Holocaust.
On the 80th anniversary of operation "Reinhardt" - the mass extermination of Polish Jews conducted by Nazi Germany on the territories of occupied Poland. The State Museum at Majdanek, the emeinsam Erinnern für eine Europäische Zukunft association from Münster, and the Alter Schlachthof memorial in Düsseldorf organised a historical-educational seminar.
On the eve of the 78th anniversary of the final liquidation of KL Lublin on July 22 we release a new issue of our "Varia" magazine. It is available in both Polish and English version.
This year, on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of the German Nazi Concentration Camps and Death Camps we focused on the former prisoners of the camp. Their personal experiences of the war's horror are described as a warning to the future generations - both in the form of direct meetings and as written accounts.
We are pleased to announce another debate in the series entitled: Operation "Reinhardt" - what happened in the Lublin region 80 years ago?
On June 6 we opened our new outdoor exhibition in Przemyśl. It is devoted to operation "Reinhardt". On the 80th anniversary of this mass murder programme we want to describe the historical framework of those tragic events by presenting the exhibition in several cities of Poland. Each and every of them was marked with deportations and human suffering of those persecuted by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The State Museum at Majdanek and the publishing house Prószyński i S-ka present the readers with a new edition of “Niebo bez ptaków” [Sky Without Birds] – one of the most important accounts regarding the women’s concentration camp at Majdanek.
The international academic conference “The Infrastructure of Aktion ‘Reinhardt’. Places, Sources, Research Postulates” organised by the State Museum at Majdanek concluded yesterday. Among the participants there were historians and researchers from numerous institutions and scholarly centres concerned with the history of the Holocaust and World War II.
The European commemoration of the International Museum Day includes the #ProtectTheFacts campaign organised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the United Nations, UNESCO, and the European Commission.
On May 17, after a two-year break which resulted from the global epidemiological situation, we again hosted trainee judges and prosecutors who participated in the AIAKOS Exchange Programme, organised in Lublin on the initiative of the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution within the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN). Trainees from Portugal, Greece, Estonia, Germany and Poland visited the Memorial this year.
Last weekend was marked with another edition of the "Night of Museums." This year, the events organised as a part of the nationwide campaign which aims at promoting cultural institutions were held both at the State Museum at Majdanek and at its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór. Over the weekend, nearly 1,500 people participated in our events.
This week, a seminar organised at the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór came to an end. The meeting of representatives of many museums and cultural institutions from all across Poland was an excellent opportunity to share experiences on extracurricular historical education and activities promoting various aspects of history. The event was held as part of the 80th anniversary of operation “Reinhardt” organised by the State Museum at Majdanek.
What are the current challenges faced by educators working at memorial sites? What goals should the museum employees pursue while working with the visitors? These are merely two out of many questions asked during this week’s training session from the “Museum in Action” series organised in the education and research facility of the Museum and Memorial in Bełżec.
The phrase „never again” very frequently appears as a title to various anti-war exhibitions and events that most commonly refer to World War II. Never Again? used in the form of a question gains an entirely new and grievous meaning as it confronts this timeworn slogan with reality – exposing its futility and shattering hope for those words to come into fruition.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising broke out on April 19, 1943. 79 years later, we gathered with the local youth, residents of the city, employees of museums and institutions in Lublin to honour the insurgents and the Jewish residents of the Lublin Region in the form of commemorative walks.
On April 11, 2022, the third meeting of the present Board of the State Museum at Majdanek took place. The session was held at the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór.
After a two-year break caused by the epidemiological situation, we are returning to the seminars organised for the command staff of the Lublin police garrison. The first meeting of the series planned for 2022 took place on 7 April.
Centre for the Youth Chaplaincy of the Lublin Archdiocese, Catholic Youth Association of the Lublin Archdiocese, and the State Museum at Majdanek are pleased to invite for the 22nd Way of the Cross at Majdanek that will take place on April 8.
On March 30, we held the premiere of a documentary prepared by the employees of the State Museum at Majdanek. “The traces of operation ‘Reinhardt’ in Lublin” was presented in the Screening Room of the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin.
On March 29, mass transports of Slovak Jews to the Lublin region began. Between March and June, 1942, about 40,000 people were deported. Almost 8,000 of them were imprisoned at Majdanek. These deportations were a part of the mass extermination programme implemented by the Third Reich under the codename "Einsatz Reinhardt."
On the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the very first transport of Jews from the Podzamcze ghetto in Lublin to the death camp in Bełżec, which initiated the mass extermination programme implemented by the Third Reich under the codename “Einsatz Reinhardt,” we met in the Collegium Iuridicum of the Catholic University of Lublin to restore the memory of those events in the form of a panel discussion.
The first transports of Jewish deportees from the Lublin and Lwów ghettos arrived at the Bełżec extermination camp in Bełżec 80 years ago. These events marked the beginning of operation “Reinhardt.” Within its course the Germans murdered approx. 2,000,000 Jews between the March 1942 and November 1943. We commemorated all the victims of that mass extermination programme during a ceremony held in the Museum and Memorial in Bełżec on March 15.
On night of 16 to 17 March, 1942, the functionaries of the Sicherheitspolizei [German security police] commanded by Hermann Worthoff entered the Podzamcze ghetto in Lublin. From there, they would send 1,000 Jews every following day, cramped inside the freight cars they were sent to the extermination camp in Bełżec.
The panel discussion organised by the State Museum at Majdanek, entitled “Einsatz Reinhardt” in the context of the “final solution to the Jewish question.” Roles and consequences, is going to feature the leading historians specialising in the subject of the Holocaust. The debate is going take place in Collegium Iuridicum of the Catholic University of Lublin, situated at Spokojna 1 Street in Lublin. The event starts at 5 p.m. on March 17.