Polish PM marks 76th anniversary of mass execution of Jews at Majdanek

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday commemorated Nazi Germany's World War II Aktion Erntefest, which saw the mass shooting of over 18,000 Jews at the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, eastern Poland.

"Aktion Erntefest shows that the scale of German barbarity and cruelty is unimaginable for us today," PM Morawicki wrote on Twitter.

On November 3, 1943, German forces shot dead more than 18,000 Jews at the Majdenek camp as part of Aktion Erntefest (German for Operation Harvest Festival) in the biggest mass extermination at German concentration camps and one of the biggest committed during the war. A further 24,000 Jews were killed by the Germans in the Trawniki and Poniatowa camps near Lublin as part of the operation. The mass killings completed the extermination of the Jewish population of the Lublin district.

"On November 3 and 4, 1943, around 42,000 Jews, including women and children, were murdered at Majdanek, Poniatowa and Trawniki, as well as other camps of the Lublin district," PM Morawiecki recalled.