Majdanek tracing Ella's footsteps

"It was just by luck, by pure chance, that we were not driven in these cattle trucks to the extermination camp, Treblinka. But instead, we were herded in that pit of hell called Majdanek concentration camp."

Ella Blumenthal

Bernhard Storch, a soldier in the Soviet Army during World War II, describes what he saw as he and his fellow soldiers liberated the Majdanek concentration camp in 1944. Video produced by USC Shoah Foundation and available at Facing History & Ourselves.


From ovens to ashes to monuments, visit Majdanek's story through revealing photographs.


The Liberation of Majdanek

The Red Army's liberation of Majdanek in July 1944 was one of the most significant moments in the history of World War II and the Holocaust.