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Lublin-Majdanek Camp
John Barrett
Francis Garcia-Pages
Txikia Hernández-Morales
Jesus Miguelez

Analysis of Pictures

     The students should first look and read about the pictures of the Majdanek.  Then, the review questions should be used to develop an in-class discussion.   Questions are meant to provide focus in such a discussion.  Student interaction and input is necessary.  This activity should not be developed as a lecture.

     This image shows the close-knit structure of the housing complexes of the Majdanek prisoners.  Within the wooden building, room was small and packed.  Wooden, three layer bunk beds allow for this massive packing of people.

This picture demonstrates the inside of the Majdanek gas chamber.  The Zyclon B gas used during the executions caused the blue discoloration of the walls.  Nail marks can be seen scratched into the walls desperately.               


The picture (top picture), taken directly after the Soviet takeover of the Majdanek camp, shows Soviet soldiers standing on the pile of shoes that belonged to the dead inmates.  

     Such inmates were first gassed and then carried to Krematoriums (German for crematory) where their bodies were burnt to ashes.  The crematorium in Majdanek (inside view left, outside view bottom) burnt such an enormous amount of people that the ashes were collected into a giant mound and were surrounded by a structure as a monument. part4.html part5.html

Picture: The monument of ashes at Majdanek, built by the Nazi's and labeled "the temple".   Outside, it reads:   "Let our fate be a warning to you."
  Inside, the monument contains a hill of ashes of all the Jewish prisoners that were cremated at the camp. ( part5.html)

Works Cited

History Place Holocaust Timeline: Majdanek Concentration Camp Liberated

March of the Living