Conservation of the relics from Sobibór
The Museum at Majdanek has accomplished conservation of another group of relics found on the grounds of the former German death camp in Sobibór.
The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw was commissioned with part of the work. It included conservation of 456 items made of metal. Among them there were mainly personal objects, such as glasses, cutlery, keys, thimbles, parts of watches, hairpins, and hairgrips, but also fragments of containers and clothes, identity discs, rings or a luggage lock. The items were cleared of soil and rust, made corrosion-proof, and their colorful imprints were made more visible.
Next 463 objects, including coins, glasses, perfume bottles, phials of medicines, combs, mirrors or beads, were cleared and preserved in the conservation laboratory at the Museum at Majdanek.
The Museum is systematically including artifacts found during archaeological excavations in Sobibór and donated by the Lubelskie Voivodeship Monuments Conservator in its collections. They include 3338 objects of this type which have been entered into the collections inventory. Nearly 2/3 of them have already been conserved. The objects are stored in the historical collections warehouse of the State Museum at Majdanek. Some of them will be presented at the permanent exhibition in the future seat of the Museum of the Former Death Camp in Sobibór.