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The competition for a landscape and architectural design of the memorial site in Sobibór

On January 18th, the Polish State Secretary Piotr Żuchowski, from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, together with Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski, announced an international art competition for a landscape- and architectural design of the memorial site in the former Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór. The deadline for submitting has been set for May 20th, 2013.

The main idea behind the competition is to obtain the best complex concept of the memorial site in terms of its artistic design and functionality. It should also render the character and importance of the place. In other words, the project should commemorate, educate and serve as a museum.


The competition has been organized by the Majdanek State Museum and has been realised by the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation on behalf of the museum. The project has been partnered by the State of Israel, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Slovakia, which contributed to content-related and financial aspects of the project.

The International Steering Committee has already been appointed, headed by the deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the general monuments’ restorer Piotr Żuchowski. Additionally, the Committee comprises the following members: Marcel Floor – director of the Department of War Victims and World War II Remembrance in the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Sport in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Avner Shalev – Director of the Yad Vashem Institute in Israel and Marek Lisansky – Consul General of the Republic of Slovakia in Poland. The Steering Committee cooperates with the Chief Rabbi of Poland and the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation.

The deadline for submitting application forms is February 18th. Design projects may be entered not later than May 20th, 2013.

The Sobibór extermination camp was set up in late April and early May 1942 as the second to Bełżec extermination camp established as part of the Reinhardt Action. Within ten-odd months, from the Spring of 1942 to the Fall of 1943, circa 250 000 people perished in Sobibór, including a small group of Roma. Polish Jews made over a half of all the victims.

Source: MKiDN