Lublin – Majdanek Concentration Camp (Bathing)

Later on during the war the whole concept of showers in concentration camps took a sinister turn as it was where prisoners were killed using poisonous gas. Here at Majdanek though these showers were intended to clean and disinfect prisoners, usually new arrivals.

The shower heads and there are numerous reports that these dispensed water that was either freezing cold or boiling hot.

The large sinks, which were also used to bathe prisoners to disinfect them.

The prisoners would walk along the wooden slated floor before being herded out of the room. It seems that later on during the war the prisoners were given the opportunity to take more showers to try and get rid of the problem of lice, although since the living accommodation was riven with them it seems a slightly forlorn exercise.