Himmler Orders Building of New Concentration Camp Right in Heart of Lublin, Poland Hot

Heinrich Himmler visits Lublin, Poland. While here, he orders the construction of a new concentration camp which will be named Majdanek (Maidanek).

Named "Konzentrationslager Lublin" (Concentration Camp Lublin) by the Germans, it will be a forced labor and extermination camp where nearly 80,000 people die during the 34 months it is open.

Majdanek is very different from most of the other Nazi concentration camps because it is in the middle of a busy urban area.

There are no tall walls hiding the camp from view, there is no large security zone, and there are no natural barriers. Anyone going by the camp will have a clear view of the crematorium chimney, and the gas chamber will be a few yards from a busy street.

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Majdanek gas chamber, Ashes of cremated victims

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