SECRETARY OF STATE
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
On October 14, 1943, an armed revolt prepared by a group of prisoners led by Alexander Pechersky and Lejba Felhendler broke out in Sobibór.
On October 14, 1943, an uprising was instigated by a small group of Jewish prisoners at the German death camp SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. Despite the difficulties inherent in attempting clandestine activity at the camp, the Germans were completely surprised by the rebellion, which allowed it to succeed.
On October 14, 2020, we are celebrating the 77th anniversary of the prisoners’ uprising at the German Nazi death camp in Sobibór.
We present three documents from the collections of the State Museum at Majdanek which will be displayed at the exhibition devoted to the history of the German death camp in Sobibór.
We invite you to the third episode of our online historical magazine Varia.
More than 11.000 items constituting the so-called Sobibór collection belong to the collections of the State Museum at Majdanek.
We encourage you to watch first part of pilot realized by State Museum at Majdanek - “History of extermination hidden in objects”. In this film we will present the objects included in the so-called Sobibór collection. They will form part of the permanent exhibition "SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor" in the new building of the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór.
One of the essential elements of the permanent exhibition at the Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór will be the model of the extermination camp.
The visitor service point, bookstore and an outdoor exhibition on the history of the extermination camp are already available.
We are pleased to announce that from July 7, 2020 visitors to the former German extermination camp in Sobibór will be able to obtain information and purchase publications on the spot.
We are presenting the second volume of Varia. magazine - online historical magazine by the State Museum at Majdanek.
On June 27, 1965 the ceremonial unveiling of the monument honouring the victims of the German extermination site in Sobibór, took place within the area of the camp. The monument was erected by the initiative of the Polish authorities represented by the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites.
The permanent exhibition is already underway at the new Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibór.
The German death camp in Sobibór was established in the Sobibór Stacja settlement. According to the 1921 census, the 12 houses built in the locality were inhabited by 73 people. The settlement was situated about five kilometers from the village of Sobibór and included forestry offices, a sawmill, and a tar plant.
The State Museum at Majdanek has accepted the museum building in Sobibór from the contractor. Work has begun on the implementation of the permanent exhibition on the history of the German extermination camp.
In the spring of 1942, the Germans began the construction of the SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor extermination facility. Located near a minor railway station, the camp was surrounded by several rows of barbed wires, ditches with water, and a minefield. Swamps and marshes stretched from the west and north. They were a natural obstacle preventing the prisoners from escaping.
"Aktion Reinhardt" began on the night of 16/17 March 1942 with the liquidation of the ghetto in Podzamcze and the deportation of Jews to the death camp in Bełżec. It was a large-scale operation designed to exterminate the Jewish population, carried out as part of the plan for the so-called "final solution of the Jewish question" outlined by Nazi Germany.
In the interests of the safety of employees, the State Museum at Majdanek will go completely into remote work from March 16, 2020. This means changing the way of contacting us.
We kindly inform you that the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór are closed to visitors from Thursday, March 12, until further notice.
On March 3, the inaugural meeting of the new Council of the State Museum at Majdanek took place.
Several photographs taken in the German extermination camp in Sobibór by its crew members and discovered by the Bildungswerk Stanisław Hantz e. V. association (the so-called Niemann collection), will be on display documenting the history of the camp.
We are presenting an unusual film about a special place – its past and present, the tragic fate of the German concentration camp and the obligations of the museum created on its territory to the next generations.
In November, artifacts from the area of the former German Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór returned to the museum from conservation workshops. Currently, the collection of the State Museum at Majdanek includes over 11 000 objects from Sobibór, found during archaeological research conducted in the years 2000–2017.