A group of Orthodox Jews from Israel have broken in to the former Nazi extermination camp of Majdanek in eastern Poland. Security guards at the camp, now a museum, called police when the 33 Orthodox Jews penetrated the camp after the end of visiting hours.
“They forced open two gates that lead to the army barracks of the former Nazi camp,” Lublin police spokeswoman Anna Smazak said. She says that the matter had been sorted out amicably after contact was established with the Israeli embassy in Warsaw.
“The head of the group, a man of 28, said that all the damage would be reimbursed,” the police spokeswoman said.
The group’s motive for trying to gain access to Majdanek was not immediately clear.
At the Majdanek death camp, set up by the Nazis near the eastern Polish city of Lublin, 360,000 people died between 1941 and 1944, either in the gas chamber or at the hands of firing squads.