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Majdanek Concentration Camp

Written by: George Chittenden : 01 Aug 2019

This rather disturbing photo was taken at Majdanek concentration camp in August 1944, and features Russian soldiers staring in bewilderment at the ashes of thousands of the camps previous occupants. During WWII, from 1941-1944 Majdanek housed thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe. Records suggest that around 78,000 people died there. According to the State Museum at Majdanek around 59,000 Jews were exterminated there and 19,000 from other ethnic backgrounds.

 Majdanek concentration camp and the remains of the camps previous occupants

Majdanek concentration camp and the remains of the camps previous occupants

Majdanek was surrounded by an electrified, barbed-wire fence and nineteen watchtowers. It was over-run on July 23rd, 1944 by the advancing Red Army. The evidence they found there was so extreme that when a British reporter sent the BBC a detailed report on Maidanek they refused to use it, believing it was Russian propaganda. Then they discovered other camps, like Buchenwald and came to the realisation that it wasn’t propaganda after-all and killing had occurred at Majdanek on an industrial scale.

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