Entrance to the Museum. From the testimony of a German guard: "Arrived came from Lviv: 45 wagons with 6700 Jews, of whom 1,450 were already dead. The train stopped. Two hundred Ukrainians moved away the doors and, banging by leather whip, ran out Jews from wagons. Subsequent orders were passing through a megaphone: undress completely, including dentures, glasses, etc., give away valuables, tie shoes thoroughly. Women and girls were sent then to the barber, who with two-three movements was cutting the hair and threw it to potato sacks. Then the procession started. In the front - a young girl, pretty as a picture. So all walked naked, men, women and children. Mothers with babies on their hands slowly entered the gas chambers." The total number of victims in the camp at Bełżec is about 500 000 people.
Bełżec. For many years the site of the camp remained completely forgotten. On its site grew forest planted by Germans. In the 50's of the twentieth century in its area was built up a sawmill. It was only in 1963, when built the first monument but without the information that it was a camp for the extermination of Jews. Monument was built, because at that time in Germany continued the investigation and process against eight former SS men. Only one of them was convicted to four and a half years in prison. Bełżec still remains one of the most forgotten extermination camps.
Majdanek. Building of crematorium. Right next to it, at November 3, 1943, Germans carried out the action "Erntefest" (in German: "Harvest Festival"). Only on this day killed about 18 400 Jewish prisoners from Majdanek and other camps in Lublin. The victims were forced to strip naked in the barracks on the field number V, and then to pass to the pre-dug trenches. There SS threw them on the ground, or on the corpses previously killed people, and shot them in the back of the head. The sound of gunfire and screams of murdered were jamming by bouncy music.
Majdanek. Monument to Struggle and Martyrdom in Majdanek. It is intended to symbolize the boundary between two worlds - the world of living and free outside the camp and placed behind the gate the world of the dead and tortured. The use of the symbol is referenced to the gates of Hell from Dante\'s Divine Comedy. In the jagged and seemingly incomprehensible final form of the monument, an artist wanted to see the block of smothered, crushed human bodies.
Majdanek. The prisoners wore striped uniforms and wooden clogs, which did not protect them from the weather. Even during the most cold, did not issued additional clothing, and for trying to protect themselves from the cold by tucking sweatshirts in a trouser or increasing a collar threatened with severe beating. Food rations were beggarly. Breakfast consisted of a cup of grain coffee. Dinner with a liter of watery turnip soup. Supper with a cup of coffee and 15 decagrams of bread with sawdust.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Spinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arrival to Bełżec Museum licensed guide guides only you for about 1,5 hours in the museum ( 2 languages: english and polish).
The next stage is a visit to the camp at Majdanek. During another individual tour, licensed guide for 2 hours tells and shows the barracks and crematorium ( 5 languages: english, german, french, italian, polish).
After completion of Bełżec & Majdanek Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Bełżec.
2. Bełżec Museum. Railway platform. Museum - camp exhibits, photos. Ohel niche - symbolic names of the victims. Stone stack - iron inscription of villages of deported Jews.
3. Transit Bełżec - Lublin.
4. Majdanek Museum in Lublin. Gate - memorial and survived entrance gate to the camp. Rosengarten - Selection Square. Barrack 41 (bath, gas chambers). Barrack 45 (mock camp). Barrack 47 (multimedia exhibition - history of the camp). Barrack 52 (tangible evidence of the crime - shoes of the victims). Barrack 62 (prisoners of Majdanek - historical exhibition). Barrack 14 and 15 (conditions of life in the camp). Column of Three Eagles. Crematorium. Execution ditches. Mausoleum. Board commemorating the victims of "Enterfest" execution.
5. Transit Lublin - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 12 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Bełżec is 310 km / 192 miles.
Distance between Bełżec and Majdanek is 130 km / 80 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 4 hours minutes.
Approximate length of sightseeing: Bełżec 1,5 hours. Majdanek 2 hours.
Time of Bełżec-Majdanek Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.