According to Wikipedia, “Majdanek (or Lublin) was a Nazi concentration and extermination camp built and operated by the SS on the outskirts of the city of Lublin during the German occupation of Poland in World War II”. The number of victims varies depending on who you ask. Wikipedia states the official estimate as 78,000.
While Britannica.com likes to go with a bigger estimate of 360,000.
As Wikipedia mentioned, after the war the Soviets ‘grossly overestimated’ the number murdered in Majdanek. The following is from a transcript of the Nuremberg trials where on February 19, 1946 the claim of 1.5 million victims was made official. Remember that all of alleged death camps were in Poland and therefore behind the Iron Curtain.
The current (11/16/2022) Holocaust Encyclopedia website mentions 5 killing centers which doesn’t include Majdanek. This makes them at odds with Wikipedia’s statement that Majdanek was a extermination camp.
But what’s this? An archived snapshot of the same page from April 29, 2021 shows a claim of 6 extermination camps which includes Majdanek (thank you CODOH Forum for finding this discrepancy). I believe George Orwell would have had something to say about this.
Because the orthodox Holocaust historians know that it is bad optics to just erase the status of Majdanek as a extermination camp they provide an explanation, be it on a different page. Here we can see that the Holocaust claims about Majdanek being a death camp that have been around for decades have been officially revised.
So, Majdanek went from a extermination camp responsible for 1.5 million deaths to a concentration camp that ‘occasionally functioned as a killing site’. Despite this official revision, and many others, one is made out to be evil, stupid and, depending on where you live, criminal for simply questioning Holocaust claims. Different sources can’t even agree on key facts! This is why open and honest discussion is needed for this alleged historical event.
If you’d like in depth knowledge on Majdanek I recommend reading Concentration Camp Majdanek—A Historical and Technical Study, by Jürgen Graf and Carlo Mattogno. You can also check out this thread from the CoDoH forum.