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CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Google Cultural Institute On-line Exhibitions

Google Cultural Institute On-line Exhibitions

Exhibitions prepared by the Auschwitz Memorial for the  Google Cultural Institute Internet platform. The purpose of the project, which brings many institutions from around the world, is the presentation of various aspects of 20th century history with the use of digitised archive materials: documents, letters, manuscripts, photos, film materials and accounts of witnesses of events.

“Before They Perished”

The exhibition is about Jews deported to the Auschwitz Camp from Zagłębie Dąbrowskie between May 1942 and August 1943. Their history can be told today thanks to almost 2,500 preserved family photographs, which, after liberation, were found in the area of the camp in one suitcase. Thanks to them, we are able to take a look at the pre-war life of Polish Jews from Będzin, Sosnowiec and the neighbouring towns. Almost all of them died in gas chambers in Auschwitz. Author of the exhibition: dr Maria Martyniak. 

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“Polish military resistance movement at Auschwitz“

The exhibition in the Google Cultural Institute makes reference among others, to the structure and organizational development of the military resistance movement in Auschwitz; its most important forms, and about the repression on the part of SS men garrisoned at the camp. Much space is devoted to the most significant element of the conspirational activities, whose main purpose was to convey information about Auschwitz beyond the wires of the camp. Author: dr Adam Cyra.

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"Sonderkommando"

The main theme of the exhibition is the story of the Sonderkommando – a special working group, composed mainly of Jewish prisoners who the Germans forced to work in the gas chambers, open-air pits for burning corpses and crematoria. The exhibition tells, among other things, the history of the Sonderkommando, its underground activities, the revolt of 7 October 1944, and the eventual liquidation of the group. Author: dr Igor Bartosik.

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“The Evacuation and Liberation of Auschwitz"

The exhibition portrays the preparation to evacuate the camp and the obliteration of evidence of the SS crimes, the tragedies of the death marches, the liberation of the camp by the Red Army on 27 January 1945, medical aid for the victims and the work of the crimes investigatory commissions. Author: dr Jacek Lachendro. 

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"From ghetto in Theresienstadt to Auschwitz II-Birkenau"

A new exhibition prepared by the Museum in the Google Cultural Institute, tells the story of the deportation of Jews from the ghetto set up by the Germans in the Czech city of Terezin (Theresienstadt) to the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Its authors are Dr. Maria Martyniak of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, and Dr. Łukasz Martyniak of the Auschwitz Museum Research Center.

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"Traces of Them Remain..."

The exhibition presents extremely moving traces left by prisoners of Auschwitz - inscriptions carved in the Block of Death and prison on the premises of the Auschwitz I camp. The author of the exhibition prepared by the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust is dr Adam Cyra, a historian at the Museum’s Research Centre.

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”Roma in Auschwitz”

The main topic of the exhibition is the history of deportations and the subsequent extermination of Roma and Sinti in the Auschwitz camp. The lesson describes inter alia how they were considered enemies of the German Third Reich. The exhibition includes a historical text with fragments of testimonies of the former prisoners, photographs, archive documents and maps. Author of the lesson: Teresa Wontor-Cichy. 

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”The deportations of Warsaw residents to Auschwitz after the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising”

The exhibition presents, among others, German policy towards the civilian population of Warsaw during the uprising, as well as their fate - from mass arrests to a transit camp in Pruszkow, deportations to Auschwitz until further deportations into Germany or until the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 1945. The historical text is accompanied with testimonies and memories as well aso historical photographs. Author of the lesson: Helena Kubica. 

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