Majdanek State Museum
Majdanek State Museum
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  • dananddeec
    West Unity, Ohio28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 Hour Majdanek Private Tour
    We did the 4 hour private tour of Majdanek with Casper as our guide. This young man is a history major at the university and was so knowledgable of the planning and workings of this concentration and death camp. This tour put the horrors of the camp into perspective by stepping into the spaces of the showers, gas chamber and then the furnace room. This is the most intact camp remaining and will be the highlight of our experience to Poland. Again, thank you Casper for sharing your knowledge with us.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Sztarka
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last minute decision to Majdanek
    Had a few hours spare so decided on Majdanek. Majdanek is no more than 10 minutes drive from Lublin. They estimated 1-2 hours to visit, but we spent 3 hours there and did not have time to read all the notice boards. If you are a history or WWII buff then plan to spend the better part of more than half day. There is a fair bit of walking. Fascinating insight to the terror of the war. You cannot help but shed a tear.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • CarloHelmond
    Helmond, The Netherlands664 contributions
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    A part of history everybody needs to know about
    The Museum is close to Lublin, about 10 minutes by car depending a little of the time of day. We took3 hours to walk around and take it all in.If you want to read all the signs, you will need more time. It is hard to imagine how things were here at the time. Old footage from thattime gives you even a more horror look of that situation. What made an impression is the magnitude of it all. Not just of this place but all that happened in Poland. Places like this need to be visited to learn about that time. We should never forget. There is no entrance fee, just a parkinig fee if you get there by car.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
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Tadbert
Wiesbaden, Germany21 contributions
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Jan 2020
Visited on a cold blustery day, rain and sleet started midway through our visit, bring home the horrid conditions the prisoners of the camp had endured. The last stop was the truly awful mausoleum where the ashes of the Nazi's victims rest . . . a fitting site of remembrance.
Written February 18, 2020
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Annika
North Carolina61 contributions
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Jul 2022
It feels odd to write a review of such a horrifying place. But this is a site all should visit, though it is difficult to be here. I took a private guided tour in English, which I booked about a week in advance. I was alone and in USD it was around $45--it is a flat rate so if you are with others it will be much lower per person. This was extremely worth it as I had loads of questions. She had additional literature with her so she was able to show me things not in the exhibits. Even after the tour (3 hours) I stayed 1 more hour to make sure I took everything in.
Written July 20, 2022
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CarloHelmond
Helmond, The Netherlands664 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
The Museum is close to Lublin, about 10 minutes by car depending a little of the time of day. We took3 hours to walk around and take it all in.If you want to read all the signs, you will need more time. It is hard to imagine how things were here at the time. Old footage from thattime gives you even a more horror look of that situation. What made an impression is the magnitude of it all. Not just of this place but all that happened in Poland. Places like this need to be visited to learn about that time. We should never forget. There is no entrance fee, just a parkinig fee if you get there by car.
Written April 28, 2024
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Sztarka
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Had a few hours spare so decided on Majdanek. Majdanek is no more than 10 minutes drive from Lublin. They estimated 1-2 hours to visit, but we spent 3 hours there and did not have time to read all the notice boards. If you are a history or WWII buff then plan to spend the better part of more than half day. There is a fair bit of walking. Fascinating insight to the terror of the war. You cannot help but shed a tear.
Written September 7, 2023
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Aileen
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Jun 2022 • Couples
This camp is as prominent as the others we have been to. An excellent exhibition is on display in one of the barracks. There is the display of shoes which seems to go for miles and of course the gas chambers themselves. A must see tour to remind us of the evil man can inflict.
Written June 17, 2022
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dananddeec
West Unity, OH28 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Couples
We did the 4 hour private tour of Majdanek with Casper as our guide. This young man is a history major at the university and was so knowledgable of the planning and workings of this concentration and death camp. This tour put the horrors of the camp into perspective by stepping into the spaces of the showers, gas chamber and then the furnace room.
This is the most intact camp remaining and will be the highlight of our experience to Poland.
Again, thank you Casper for sharing your knowledge with us.
Written August 30, 2023
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Manolis
Xanthi, Greece2,191 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Friends
I strongly recommend everybody to visit this place. It’s not only educational for children but also for the adults to remember the criminalities of the Nazi during the WWII. The barracks are well preserved and maintained, you can see with your own eyes the gas chambers and the crematorium so that no one forget. In the visitors center you can buy books about the Majdanek concentration camp.
Written December 2, 2018
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Meander29949
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I had heard of Auschwitz, Belsen and Treblinka but not Majdanek.
Attraction clearly isn't the right word. It's the site of one of the most evil camps of the Second World War where a quarter of a million people died at the hands of the Nazis.
It is right next to a main road into the city. It's a monument that thousands of people pass every day.
It's a huge site - giving you an idea of just how big the camp was. You can drive around it but I walked.
There is no charge to wander round the site but you can pay a small amount to view a short film first. On quiet days they will start it when you pop in and there is an English version. You can also pay for a guided tour.
Some of the original buildings remain complete with displays and information on what happened.
You don't enjoy it, and it was chilling to venture inside some of those buildings. There is a feeling of relief when you leave Majdanek but anyone who visits Lublin ought to make the short trip to the edge of town to see it.
It is easy to reach via trolley bus or bus from the city.
Written October 5, 2005
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Alan G
Malibu, CA11 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
A brief historical note: In 1944 the Nazis began a program of destroying evidence of their mass killings. You may recall the scenes in Shindler's List of exhuming and burning bodies from mass graves. This was repeated throughout the conquered territories. Should you visit Treblinka, for example, you will find only architectural monuments. Of all the death and labor camps, Majdanek was over run by Soviet troops (including the Polish Division of the Red Army) before it was dismantled. It is, as a consequence, the best preserved. In later years, although many barracks were dismantled for their lumber, the process was halted with sufficient buildings still remaining in many cases undisturbed. While the site is a museum, it is not a recreation.
The location is relatively remote in the sense Lublin does not have the crowds of visitors. You therefore have a chance at Majdanek to walk, think, reflect based upon the realities of these unthinkable events.
I was very moved by the enormous crowds who visit Auschwitz Birkenau, Poland's most visited site. At the same time, I understood the difference and in some ways deeper understanding which Majdanek can afford.
It is a short drive from Lublin's city centre. Other reviewers suggest public transport.
Walking, reading the many exhibits (which include ample English), reflecting, consider 2.5 hours for this site. If you are doing your planning in advance, then I strongly suggest you email the Museum in advance and reserve a guide for your language. The museum will respond by email (in a day or two) and confirm. Then re-confirm a few days before your tour. Our emails were in English back and forth with no difficulty.
The guide walks you through the same path you can follow on your own, but the added benefit of discussion, having your questions answered, dialogue about events after the war, all make for a more solid and broader experience. The guides train for these tours. Ours was compassionate and kind. And had many questions for us - my mother was a laborer at the camp before she was transported to Birkenau.
We journeyed by car from Warsaw for the day. I consequently planned a morning visit to the Lublin Village Museum (2.5 hour walking tour of a splendid outdoor museum which recreates life in the 1920s rural Poland, a perfect counter point also accompanied by an English speaking tour guide we had pre-arranged through the Lublin Village Museum office), lunch in one of the many restaurants of the central square in Lublin's city centre, then our tour of Majdanek. We returned to Warsaw at the end of the day and immediately headed to a bar in the Stare Miasto (old town).
For us, this was a day of understanding. We are only 1 generation removed from the victims, both those who were killed and those who survived.
As our daughter said later, there was life before we visited Poland and there is life after we visited Poland.
If you are to spend the day in Lublin, do consider the Lublin Village Museum as well. If you visit only the sites of these atrocities, I think you miss too much of what the country was like during the 2nd Polish Republic which continues to inform and enrich the 3rd Republic today.
Last note: the Lublin Jewish community was quite important. I understand there are sites in Lublin devoted to it, but we did not have an opportunity to visit them.
Written May 25, 2013
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arpierre
Lublin, Poland6 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Solo
Admission is free. If you want, you can pay for group guided tours in several languages. But it's not really necessary. You can go around the camp by yourself at your pace. There are signs in Polish, English and Hebrew to explain everything as you go to the different buildings. At the entrance is a huge monument called "The Monument Of Struggle And Martyrdom". This is one of the few concentration camps where the original buildings are still standing. While this camp does not have the notoriety of Auschwitz-Birkenau, it is has the largest single day death toll of all camps. It's the only camp located next to a town.
The first building you enter as you pass the gate is the shower/gas chamber. You walk and look up and see shower heads as you head to the gas chambers.
There are other buildings with a model of the camp and how Lublin looked under Nazi occupation. You can travel around town and see these buildings as many are still standing today.
Barracks 62: “The Prisoners of Majdanek” – historical exhibition left me drained as you hear from the people that were prisoners here telling their stories. Read about them on the walls and see their clothing and other items they had.
In other barracks, you can see the actual places they slept along with a barrack with thousands upon thousands of shoes from the prisoners.
The Mausoleum contains ashes and remains of those cremated. The Crematorium was made of wood and was destroyed leaving only the ovens that were used to cremate the bodies. It rebuilt and looks exactly like the original.
The estimated total walking distance is about 5-7km for the entire camp.
I have visited this camp many times on my own and taking visitors. I live right next to it so am intimate with it.
Written July 25, 2016
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