Today we are visiting the Majdanek (pronounced My-da-neck) death camp. It was active between 1941 and 1944 and we have no idea of the exact number of people who were murdered there. The most recent studies suggest that 78,000 people lost their lives at Majdanek. It seems so awful that we will never know the exact figure of those died. In other camps we have a pretty good idea of the numbers of people who were murdered there and despite not necessarily knowing their names, they are at least counted. At Majdanek we have no idea of the numbers and therefore hundreds of thousands of people could be lost forever, not counted, us never knowing they even existed. Could you imagine being forgotten forever, with no memories of your existence left behind? We couldn't.
Majdanek was at first used as a prisoner of war camp for Soviet POW's and then was used to sort the goods taken from the victims of Belzec and Sobibor death camps. It was then used as a labour/death camp. It is unique because the Nazis did not have time to destroy it like other camps, so, a great deal of it remains today and it's really scary because with what does remain, the camp could be completely operational again in under a few hours! We will be looking inside the gas chambers used to murder thousands of innocent men, women and children. We will see the crematorium used to burn their bodies and we will see the ashes of those who met their deaths in Majdanek.
It is really quite unbelievable and we are sure it will be a very emotionally difficult day.