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December 11, 2012

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has downgraded Majdanek “killing center”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:51 am

If you type into your computer, what do you get?  With a domain name like, you might expect to find a website like, but you would be disappointed.  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum owns the domain name

If you try to access, you will be directed here, where you will find this quote about Majdanek, which is one of the “six killing centers” of the Holocaust:


Though many scholars have traditionally counted the Majdanek camp as a sixth killing center, recent research had shed more light on the functions and operations at Lublin/Majdanek. Within the framework of Operation Reinhard, Majdanek primarily served to concentrate Jews whom the Germans spared temporarily for forced labor. It occasionally functioned as a killing site to murder victims who could not be killed at the Operation Reinhard killing centers: Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka II. It also contained a storage depot for property and valuables taken from the Jewish victims at the killing centers.

“Majdanek occasionally functioned as a killing site to murder victims who could not be killed at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka II?”  What does this mean?

Were there some Jews who were so resistant to Zyklon-B that they had to be brought to a special gas chamber at Majdanek because they “could not be killed at the Operation Reinhard killing centers”?

Actually, I’ve never heard of a Holocaust survivor who claimed to have survived the Majdanek gas chamber, although there were many survivors of other Nazi gas chambers, including a young boy who survived the gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen six times.

Casting of a gas chamber door at Majdanek

Casting of a gas chamber door at Majdanek

The photo above shows a gas chamber door that is displayed in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  It is a casting of a gas chamber door at Majdanek.  You can read more about the Majdanek gas chamber on my website here.

Why is the USHMM downgrading Majdanek?  Could it be because the Memorial Site at Majdanek is now saying that the total number of Jews who died there, of all causes, is 59,000?

When the Majdanek camp was liberated on July 23, 1944 by soldiers in the army of the Soviet Union, it was at first announced to the world that 1.7 million people had been murdered there by the Nazis. By the time that the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal proceedings against the Nazi war criminals began in November 1945, the Soviets had revised this number down to 1.5 million.  Testimony given at the Nuremberg IMT was that 1.5 million people had died at Majdanek.

In December 2005, the Museum at the Majdanek Memorial Site announced that Lublin scholar Tomasz Kranz has established that there was a total of 78,000 deaths at the Majdanek camp, including 59,000 Jewish deaths. According to the Museum, this revised number is the culmination of years of research in which the number of deaths at Majdanek has steadily dwindled down to only a fraction of the original estimate by the Soviet liberators.

I previously blogged about the Majdanek gas chamber here.

I blogged about the glass window in the Majdanek gas chamber here.


  1. “At Majdanek, there are a total of four gas chambers, according to the Museum guidebook which says that the gas chamber right next to the shower room was “a makeshift chamber which presumably had begun functioning before the other three were opened.” The fourth gas chamber, which is disguised as a shower room, is in the reconstructed crematorium.”

    That’s what it says on your website. I’m sorry to say FG, but it needs updating with the newer lies the Majdanek museum is spinning.

    Do you still have that guide book?

    By the way, the “fourth gas chamber” in the reconstructed crematorium, has also been dropped. Now it was just a “hall where corpses were stored was also used as a place of execution”

    Unless you meant this room in the reconstructed crematorium, which is just described as “a bathroom”

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 11, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    • Thanks for telling me this. I will update my website as soon as I can. I am sure that I have the old guidebook, and I will try to dig it out. I think that I should leave the old information, but add the latest information. Is there a new Majdanek guidebook?

      Comment by furtherglory — December 12, 2012 @ 6:35 am

      • Thanks FG, feel free to use any photos you like, and I’ve another 200-ish of Majdanek if you need any.

        I brought a laminated eight page guide book there, but all it says of gas chambers, is that they are in the “bunker” at the rear of Block 41, and briefly mentions that most of the victims were Jews, specifically women, children gassed shortly after their arrival at the camp.

        But if you find the old guide book, it would be interesting to compare what they claimed in 1998 and in 2012 about the two ex-gas chambers.

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 12, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    • The photo in the first link is what was called the “fourth gas chamber” when I was there in 1998. At that time, revisionists were making fun of this because, as you can see in your photo, the opening in the ceiling, where the gas pellets were poured in, is directly over the drain in the floor. This building is a reconstruction and the “gas chamber” is also a reconstruction. In defense of the Soviets, who did the gas chamber reconstructions at Majdanek and Auschwitz, back then people were not as educated and as smart as they are now. During my tour of Majdanek, I had to keep mentally reminding myself not to laugh. My tour guide was suspicious of me because I was not condemning the German people.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 12, 2012 @ 6:44 am

      • I’ve been reading Carlo Mattogno’s and Jurgen Graf’s works on Majdanek, they say even Jean-Claude Pressac rubbished the claim:

        “The vice-director of the museum has written to this author (Pressac) that this gas chamber was used ‘little, but really very, very little’, which means that it was not used at all. The fiction is maintained in order not to hurt the popular superstition that every crematorium must have contained a gas chamber … If prisoners had been murdered with Zyklon-B in that room, its location within the building, between an autopsy room, a corridor and the morgue, would have made an artificial ventilation imperative, but there is not the faintest trace proving that such a ventilation ever existed. In case of a natural ventilation by the draught, it would have been necessary to evacuate the whole crematorium for a period of time difficult to estimate.”

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 12, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  2. “Were there some Jews who were so resistant to Zyklon-B that they had to be brought to a special gas chamber at Majdanek because they “could not be killed at the Operation Reinhard killing centers”?”

    Jews were supposed to be killed with engine fumes, not Zyklon B, at the Reinhardt camps.

    78.000 deaths? Not 1.5 million? Great. It was only 95% a lie.

    59.000 jews died there in 3 years. It makes about 50 a day. Knowing there were periods of time with 500 people dying from typhus at Auschwitz, 50 deaths a deaths per day is a very small number. 50 jewish deaths a day in the second most murderous Nazi camp (according to what was decreed in Nuremberg) The Nazis were really poor exterminators… 😉

    Comment by hermie — December 11, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  3. This is the museum sign in the delousing chamber—formerly homicidal gas chamber with window—at Majdanek:

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 11, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  4. I was at Majdanek last month, and the “gas chamber” with the window, is no longer claimed to have been a “gas chamber”, now it was just a delousing room.

    In 1944, the Soviets claimed there were four gas chambers in Block 41, but now the museum just claims there were two, in the “bunker” at the rear of Block 41.

    Carbon-Monoxide gas chamber:
    Carbom Monoxide / Zyklon B gas chamber:
    Museum sign:

    Unfortunately for the hoaxers, Jean-Claude Pressac thought it extremely unlike that Zyklon B was used in the chamber above, as he too noticed, that although there’s a hole in the ceiling of the “smaller chamber”, there isn’t one in the roof.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 11, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  5. Escaping the Majdanek gas chamber was not that complicated, provided you had studied the works of this man.

    Being a big fan, young Mietek Grocher put it to very good use.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — December 11, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    • Thank you very much for this information. I should have known that someone had survived the gas chamber at Majdanek. However, it sounds like he moon-walked out of the gas chamber before the Zyklon-B gas pellets were dropped into the chamber.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 11, 2012 @ 10:12 am

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