2021 was marked by numerous educational events and projects based on the exhibitions displayed in the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór.
The academic seminar "The Architecture of Crime. The Topography and Infrastructure of the ‘Einsatz Reinhardt’ Camps" has ended The online seminar on November 4-5, 2021, was devoted to the logistics and organisation of the genocidal operation in the course of which the Germans established the extermination camps in Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka.
An armed revolt of prisoners under the leadership of Alexander Pechersky and Lejba Felhendler broke out in the German extermination camp in Sobibór on October 14, 1943.
The jury of the 41st Museum Event of the Year Sybilla competition 2020 granted the honourable mention to the State Museum at Majdanek for the permanent exhibition “SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German death camp 1942–1943.”
Between August 31 and September 3, 2021, the international seminar entitled “From memory of places to the pedagogy of remembrance” took place in the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór.
There is still a need to reflect upon the purpose and methods of educational processes organised in memorial sites of World War II. To create a forum for international dialogue on this matter a seminar “From memory of places to the pedagogy of remembrance“ for educational project leaders that starts today in the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór.
Not only in Polish and English – exhibition catalogue “SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German Nazi Death Camp in Sobibór 1942–1943” is now available in our bookstore also in German, Hebrew, Dutch, Slovak, and Russian. For the first time in the history of the State Museum at Majdanek we publish our exhibition catalogue in seven language versions.
The transmission of the actual museum space into the online domain and employment of digital technologies in reaching out to the recipients are dominant topics within the contemporary museum discourse. Both issues were analysed and discussed during the training course addressed to the museum employees.
Fourteen papers and a transcript of two interdisciplinary debates – publication edited by Tomasz Kranz “Historia w przestrzeniach pamięci. Obozy – ‘miejsca po’ – muzea” has just been issued. It’s the third volume in the series devoted to martyrology museums that has been published in last years by the State Museum at Majdanek. It is a result of an academic conference held in 2019, on the 75th anniversary of the Museum.
The German extermination camp in Sobibór, due to its function, was supposed to be a secret case of Nazi Germany. The tragic events that took place between 1942 and 1943 near Włodawa, in a camp hidden in marshy and afforested grounds, were supposed to stay under wraps.
A new edition of Dariusz Libionka’s, The Extermination of Jews in the General Government in the German language is a fruit of cooperation between the State Museum at Majdanek and the Metropol Verlag publishing house.
One of the most important elements of the permanent exhibition at the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór is extensive photographic documentation. The photographs come fromqueries carried out by the employees of the State Museum at Majdanek both in state and foreign archives, and from private collections.
The model of the camp, whose creation is the result of the painstaking work of historians and archaeologists, is another important element of the exhibition.
We are pleased to announce that on May 5 the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór and the Museum and Memorial in Bełżec will become again available to visitors.
We encourage you to watch some unique items from our collections.
On April 23–25, a special discount is available in our on-line bookstore.
We encourage you to read the latest issue of the "Varia" magazine. In relation with the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, as well as the 79th anniversary of the displacements from the ghetto at Majdan Tatarski, mainly articles on the Holocaust were published in the publication. The publication is available in Polish and English.
April 19, 2021 marks the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Due to the new restrictions introduced by the state authorities to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we kindly inform you that the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór will be closed to visitors from November 7, 2021, until further notice. Visitor service buildings, museum exhibitions, and memorial sites will not be available to the public.
2021 marks 79 years since accomplishment of one of the most atrocious crimes perpetrated by Germans during the Second World War – “Aktion Reinhardt.” It covered Polish Jews from the General Government and Białystok Bezirk, but also Jewish inhabitants of many Germany-occupied countries. It was started with deportations to the death camp in Bełżec, on March 17, 1942.
On March 4, Director of the Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports, Paulina Florjanowicz, visited the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór. The Nazi German Extermination Camp (1942–1943). Branch of the State Museum at Majdanek.
We are pleased to announce that on February 9 the State Museum at Majdanek, the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór and the Museum and Memorial in Bełżec will become again available to visitors.
Due to the re-opening of the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches, we publish a special edition of the “Varia” magazine which is devoted solely to the realisation of the permanent exhibition in the Museum and Memorial in Sobibor. Paper edition of the magazine is available to the visitors on site.
The newest Polish-English issue of “Varia” magazine was published. This time it summarizes the activities of the State Museum at Majdanek in 2020. Although, due to Covid-19 pandemic, last year it became an unusually difficult challenge to run standard substantial activities, we accomplished a few important projects.