A fire swept through a barrack at the former Nazi death camp of Majdanek on the outskirts of Lublin, Poland, shortly before midnight on Monday, destroying more than half the building and possibly 10,000 shoes of Holocaust victims. Former death camps across an area once occupied by Nazi Germany are falling into a state of disrepair decades after the end of World War II. There have also been recent cases of vandalism at some of them. The most brazen was the theft of the sign over the entrance gate at Auschwitz bearing the infamous slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" — or "Work Will Set You Free." An estimated 80,000 people, including some 60,000 Jews, were killed at the SS-run Majdanek camp between October 1941 and its liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944.
Fire guts former Nazi death camp
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