Shoes of prisoners stolen from Majdanek Nazi death Camp

Over 360,000 people, over half of them Jews, were murdered at the camp.

November 25, 2014 19:38
Majdanek clothing and shoes

Majdanek clothing and shoes from Holocaust. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Eight shoes that belonged to former prisoners of the Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland were stolen, a museum official said Tuesday, according to an AFP report.

"An employee noticed shoes were missing during a routine check on Saturday. A hole was cut in the metal mesh on a display containing several hundred shoes in barrack 52," museum spokeswoman Agnieszka Kowalczyk-Nowak told AFP.

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"After counting the shoes, we found eight missing," she said.

"It's in this barrack where all the shoes are on display so that visitors can begin to comprehend the sheer scale of Nazi crimes," said the museum spokeswoman.

In August 2010, a fire broke out at the Majdanek concentration camp barracks and destroyed 10,000 pairs of shoes belonging to former prisoners.

Majdanek concentration camp is located near the southeastern Polish city of Lublin.

Over 360,000 people, over half of them Jews, were murdered at the camp.

Earlier this month, the infamous iron sign on the gate of the entrance to the Dachau concentration camp that reads "Arbeit mach Frei" (work sets you free), was stolen. 

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