June 24 1944, Lublin Poland. An aerial reconnaissance photograph of the Majdanek Concentration Camp near Lublin, Poland. Majdanek was the first major concentration camp to be discovered by the Allies. During the rapid Soviet offensive, the camp was being taken apart to hide the site's true purpose. In the lower half of this photo, you can see barracks being taken apart with wood piles along the road with the chimneys still in place. However, the top half shows still usable barracks. With the arrival of the Soviet Army at the site on July 24 1944, they discovered the crematorium, thousands of inmates, and for the first time during the war, the horrors that were committed in these camps were publicized.