Sobibor museum saved from closure

The museum at the Nazi death camp at Sobibor will remain open, after intervention by the Polish government that followed the museum’s announcement it would close due to a shortage of funding.

Poland’s Culture Ministry announced last week that the museum at Sobibor would remain open and be administered by the museum at the nearby Majdanek death camp.

“Holocaust survivors were relieved to learn that Polish authorities have reversed course and have agreed to reopen the Sobibor museum. Its closure was a moral taint and unworthy of Poland, which itself suffered so grievously under the Nazi yolk,” Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, said in a statement.

About 20,000 people a year visit Sobibor. Some 250,000 people, mostly Jews, were killed there during the Holocaust. — jta