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80th Anniversary of the First Transport of Poles to Auschwitz - 14 June 1940

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18-05-2020

80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TRANSPORT OF POLES TO AUSCHWITZ. NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY OF THE VICTIMS OF GERMAN NAZI CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMPS.

On 14 June 1940, Germans deported a group of 728 Poles from the prison in Tarnów to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Among them were soldiers of the September campaign, members of the underground independence organizations, secondary school pupils and students, as well as a small group of Polish Jews. The received numbers from 31 to 758.

Events commemorating the 80th anniversary are held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

Due to unprecedented circumstances connected with the state of epidemic threat introduced in Poland as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, the character of the events commemorating the anniversary of the deportation of the first transport of Poles to German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz will be held according to a different schedule than originally planned. The program of main commemorative events will be adjusted to the limitations resulting from the threat of pandemic. Unfortunately, commemorative events on a mass scale are impossible to organize. Many of the scheduled events, in particular exhibitions, are going to be held online.

PROGRAM OF MAIN COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS:

• Holy Mass at Saint Maximilian Center in Harmęże celebrated by bishop Roman Pindel – broadcast is planned
• Symbolical commemoration within former Auschwitz I camp site - broadcast is planned

MEDIA

Due to the closure of the Museum and the state of the epidemic, presence of media  is not planned during the commemoration event. Press materials from the commemoration will be available at www.auschwitz.org.

INDIVIDUAL COMMEMORATION

On 14 June 2020, between 3-5 p.m, there will be a possibility to enter the Memorial individually and place wreaths and candles at the Death Wall within the yard of Block 11. A maximum of two people will be able to enter the Museum at intervals, while maintaining the sanitary rigour. A prior notification is required at 14czerwca@auschwitz.org in order to set the exact hour of entry.  

 

14 June 1940 -...
14 June 1940 - Tarnów train station
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ONLINE LESSON: “First Poles in Auschwitz”
ONLINE LESSON:...
ONLINE EXHIBITION: "First transport of Poles to Auschwitz – 14 June 1940"
ONLINE EXHIBITION:...
The book by Kazimierz Albin
The book by...
The book by Piotr M. A. Cywiński
The book by Piotr...
ONLINE LESSON:...
“The Origins od the Auschwitz Camp in the Light of Source Materials"
“The Origins od the...
“Voices of memory. Poles in KL Auschwitz"
“Voices of memory....
EDUCATIONAL PROJECT: Polish citizens in KL Auschwitz
EDUCATIONAL...
Marian Kołodziej’s exhibition “Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths”.
Marian Kołodziej’s...
Marian Kołodziej’s exhibition “Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths”.
Marian Kołodziej’s...
Oszpicin. The history of Jewish Oświęcim
Oszpicin. The...
Oszpicin. The history of Jewish Oświęcim
Oszpicin. The...
unveiling of "the First Transport Bus Stop" at Lwowska 6 in Tarnów
unveiling of "the...
"Oak of Remembrnace of the 80th Anniversary of the First Transport"
"Oak of Remembrnace...


We would like to encourage everyone to use online educational materials prepared by the co-organizers of commemorative events connected not only with the fate of prisoners from the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz, but also with the history of Poles in Auschwitz and during WW2.

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

• Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

ONLINE LESSON: “First Poles in Auschwitz

BOOK: Kazimierz Albin (prisoner from the first transport) "List Gończy” (Wanted Notice) (in Polish)

ONLINE EXHIBITION: "First transport of Poles to Auschwitz – 14 June 1940"

ONLINE LESSON: “Expulsion of Polish and Jewish Populationsfrom Oświęcim (Auschwitz) and surrounding settlements in the years 1940-42

EDUCATIONAL PROJECT: Polish citizens in KL Auschwitz

BOOK: Piotr M. A. Cywiński “Początki Auschwitz w pamięci pierwszegy transportu polskich więźniów politycznych" (Early days of Auschwitz in the memory of the first transport of Polish political prisoners” (in Polish)

BOOK: Igor Bartosik, Łukasz Martyniak, Piotr Setkiewicz “The Origins od the Auschwitz Camp in the Light of Source Materials"

BOOK: “Voices of memory. Poles in KL Auschwitz"

VIDEO: Katy Carr "Kommander's Car" (song devoted to Kazimierz Piechowski’s escape from KL Auschwitz)

 

• Saint Maximilian Center in Harmęże

WWW: website dedicated to the exhibition by Marian Kołodziej (number 432), former prisoner of the first transport “Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths”

EXHIBITION: online version of Marian Kołodziej’s exhibition “Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths”.

 

• Jewish Center in Oświęcim

MOBILE APP: Oszpicin. The history of Jewish Oświęcim – guide of the Jewish Museum and the traces of history of Jewish inhabitants in the town of Oświęcim.

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Oszpicin. The history of Jewish Oświęcim

 

• Foundation for the Commemoration of Victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau

FILM: On January 21st 2020, Foundation of Memory Sites Near Auschwitz-Birkenau placed on the so called Alte Judenrampe the third historical railway wagon for the purposes of the commemorative piano concert.

 

•  Faith and Truth Foundation

FILM: “Witnesses – Polish citizens in Auschwitz-Birkenau"

 

• Roma Asociation in Poland

ARTICLE: Władysław Kwiatkowski “Zapomniani bohaterzy. Romowie na frontach drugiej wojny światowej” (Forgotten heroes. The Roma on the fronts of WW2) (in: Dialog – Pheniben)(LINK PDF)

ARTICLE: Maria Maryniak: “Deportations of the Roma to KL Auschwitz before the establishment of so called Zigeunerlager” (in: “Voices of Memory” vol. 7 “Roma in KL Auschwitz”)

 

• The Auschwitz Preservation Association (ToNO)

ONLINE CONCERT: Patriotic song and camp poetry evening – June 13th 2020, 7.00 p.m., ToNO Facebook profile (more information about the performers - in Polish)

EVENT: 30 April 2020 members of TOnO in Tarnów planted the "Oak of Remembrnace of the 80th Anniversary of the First Transport" behind the Monument to the First Transport in Tarnów 

EVENT: 6 April 2020 r.: unveiling of "the First Transport Bus Stop" at Lwowska 6 in Tarnów

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The organizers of commemorative events:

• Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
• Auschwitz Memento Association
• Bielsko-Żywiec Diocesan Curia
• Castle Museum in Oświęcim
• Department of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Kraków
• Foundation for the Memory of Auschwitz-Birkenau Victims
• Foundation of Memory Sites Near Auschwitz-Birkenau
• Foundation Monument-Hospice for the Town of Oświęcim
• Faith and Truth Foundation
• International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim
• Jewish Center in Oświęcim
• Kraków Foundation Center for Information, Meeting, Dialogue, Education and Prayer in Oświęcim
• the town of Oświęcim
• Oświęcim commune
• Oświęcim County Office
• Province of the St. Anthony of Padua and Blessed Jakub Strzemię of the Order of Friars
• Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents
• Roma Association in Poland
• Society for the Protection of Oświęcim (TOnO)
• the town of Tarnów
• Witold Pilecki State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim