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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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  • The state museum at Majdanek was founded in 1944. It is the first martyrdom museum and the oldest memorial to the victims of Nazism in Europe at the site of a former German concentration camp. This is...  more »
  • The world should never forget the evils of time, particularly what happened in Poland and indeed elsewhere. Got a taxi out here and gained entry to what was horrifying and a very dark part of history....  more »
  • Majdanek is located in Lublin, Poland and covers a large area. There are a lot of the barrack buildings, a museum, a shower building, a gas chamber and a crematorium. This was a work camp as well as a...  more »
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  • Am important landmark of Polish and Jewish history and a very respectful museum with some of the most fascinating exhibitions of the subject. I recommend it to anyone interested in European history and holocaust education.
  • It's not a kind of place to like or love, it's an important reminder of the evil that can happen when people are blinded by hatred and nationalist propaganda. It's important that new generations visit places like this as a warning.
  • 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 must visit place. The real picture of Nazi atrocities we can see here.

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