Shoes of Majdanek Prisoners Stolen From Concentration Camp's Museum

Eight shoes belonging to prisoners at the former Majdanek concentration camp disappeared from an exhibit at the museum there.

The museum on Monday notified police about the theft, which they say likely took place sometime between Nov. 18 and 20.

A museum security guard noticed that the wire separating one of the areas holding the shoes was cut.

“Our employees carefully counted the shoes and found eight of them to be missing,” Agnieszka Kowalczyk-Nowak, a spokeswoman for the museum, told Gazeta Wyborcza daily newspaper. “It is hard to say, in this case, what is the value of the stolen exhibit material. Much greater is their historical value.”

There is no monitoring in the former barrack where the shoes are displayed.

Lublin police investigating the incident said there were no signs of forced entry, so the theft likely occurred during the day, when museum visitors were present.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Shoes of Majdanek Prisoners Stolen From Concentration Camp's Museum

Thank you!

This article has been sent!