The meeting of the Museum Board at the Sobibór Memorial
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.
There the Council members were given a guided tour around the permanent exhibition “SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German death camp 1942–1943” by its curator and the director of the State Museum at Majdanek, Tomasz Kranz, as well as by the head of the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór, Tomasz Oleksy-Zborowski.
While presenting the sixteen topical panels of the exhibition, they both described the process of their creation at various stages. The presenters discussed the collection of photographs, documents, and various multimedia that constitute the inherent parts of the exhibition. The members of the Board displayed particular interest in its central module – a 25-metre display case that contains the personal belonging of the victims that were murdered in the Sobibór extermination camp.
The meeting of the Board began with an act of recognition towards the two former long-standing members – Luba Matraszek and Zdzisław Badio – who both passed away recently. The council honoured their memory with a moment of silence. Once the head of the Board, prof. Andrzej Stępnik, welcomed all the present members, the floor was given to the Director of the State Museum at Majdanek, Tomasz Kranz, who summarised the activities undertaken by the institution in 2021. In his presentation, the Director discussed the exhibitions, publications, on-line projects, and educational activities that were held throughout the previous year. He additionally emphasised a noticeable increase in the number of visitors and the rising interest in the content published by the Museum online.
Then, Tomasz Kranz discussed the plan of activities for 2022 with an emphasis placed on the 80th anniversary of operation “Reinhardt.” The Board was informed about the projects organised solely by the Museum (academic conferences, seminars, debates) as well as those held in partnership with the Warsaw Ghetto Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute that include an outdoor exhibition “The Extermination of Jews in the German operation ‘Reinhardt’” and the English version of Dariusz Libionka’s book – “The Extermination of Jews in the General Government.”
The Board have approved the Museum’s report of activities held in 2021 and the plan for the enterprises scheduled for 2022.