Majdanek or kl lublin was a german concentration and extermination camp built and operated by the ss on the outskirts of the city of lublin during the german occupation of poland in world war ii although initially purposed for forced labor rather than extermination the camp was used to kill people on an industrial scale during operation reinhard the german plan to murder all jews within . Majdanek majdanek nazi german concentration and extermination camp on the southeastern outskirts of the city of lublin poland in october 1941 it received its first prisoners mainly soviet prisoners of war virtually all of whom died of hunger and exposure within a year however it was converted into a. The ss evacuated most of the prisoners to concentration camps further west during the spring of 1944 in late july 1944 as soviet forces approached lublin the remaining camp staff hastily abandoned majdanek without fully dismantling the camp soviet troops first arrived at majdanek during the night of july 22 23 and captured lublin on july 24. The majdanek concentration camp is situated in a major urban area four kilometers from the city center of lublin and can be easily reached by trolley carthe location of the majdanek camp is in an area of rolling terrain and can be seen from all sides it could not be more public or accessible. The majdanek concentration and death camp located approximately three miles five kilometers from the center of the polish city of lublin operated from october 1941 to july 1944 and was the second largest nazi concentration camp during the holocaustan estimated 360000 prisoners were killed at majdanek
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