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The State Museum of Majdanek, Lublin

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See the intact gas chambers and crematoria at The State Museum of Majdanek, the best-preserved example of the Holocaust death camp. The permanent collection features archival photographs and rare items, such as shoes of adults and children and the uniforms the prisoners had to wear. Pass through parts of the barracks and along watchtowers and sentry boxes. See the two monuments erected in 1969 in honor of the victims--the monument to struggle and martyrdom, and the mausoleum made of surface soil mixed with human ashes. The visitor center sells museum guides, historical studies, memoirs, albums, and DVD films. Children under 14 are not permitted to visit the museum. Put The State Museum of Majdanek into our Lublin vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lublin.
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  • It was my first city in Europe. I have too much memory for this city. Also it has good places for trip. 
  • Majdanek was a terrible place, a death camp where almost 80,000 people, around 60,000 of them Jews, were deliberately gassed to death. Although it is significantly smaller than Auschwitz, in some ways...  more »
  • For people with strong nerves, because I can imagine that for many a visit to this place can be traumatic. Who can, however, pay tribute to those who died should give away.
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  • Visited end June 2016. This was and still is a very large concentration camp. Although the purpose was primarily productive work, it did have two small gas chambers that still survive, but not on the scale of Auschwitz near Krakow. Initially the Russians who captured the camp claimed 1.1 million had died there. The official Polish figure today is about 70,000. Not all camp inmates were Jewish, but about 18,000 Jewish inmates were shot over two days towards the end of the camp. Wounded Russians who had been fighting with the German Army were also housed there. They were 'taken away' when the Russian Army over-ran the camp. The mound of 'Ash' under a huge cupola near the crematorium ISN'T all human ash and is primarily symbolic. Apparently the ash was used on fields, which formed part of the camp and resulted in huge cabbages being grown there. Although not as large as Auschwitz II at Birkenau, Majdanek is still a very large camp. Many wooden barracks have gone but a good few remain as exhibits for information.
  • Must see. Not a happy place but worth a visit nontheless! You just have to pay for the car/bus... So It is quite cheap.
  • A very shocking and mentally intense experience.
  • The atmosphere in this place just overwhelms you, seeing how well preserved the barracks are, knowing what happened in these places, it's really powerful. I would suggest everyone to visit Majdanek, it's one of the most powerful and interesting trips I have ever made. Everything is labeled in Polish, English and Hebraic. Just remember to take your time when visiting here, the more you are able to see the better.
  • Feels almost strange to give 5 stars (or any stars) to a place like this considering the history that it has, but upon reflection, it is just the sort of review that it should get. This is the kind of 'tourist attraction' that everybody SHOULD see - a sombre and sobering experience that humbles you and puts you in your place fairly quickly. It is an experience should be kept alive as a constant reminder of the brutal and horrific side of history and human nature, but not only this - also as a testament to the power of life - to those people who persevered through such harrowing conditions with the sheer will to live on with such courage, such resolve, such determination. Whilst so many died at this death camp of course, and countless numbers are unknown, but the stories of how people did what they could and had to to just survive makes you realise how hope is a powerful thing. As others have said, it is not as 'complete' as other camps but the stark bleakness of the site and small numbers of visitors only helps to add to the feelings of desolation that make Majdanek so powerful.