"The first transport to Auschwitz. Post Scriptum". A documentary about the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz.
"The first transport to Auschwitz. Post Scriptum" is the title of a documentary film co-produced by the Auschwitz Museum and TVP Krakow to mark the 80th anniversary of the deportation of the first Poles to the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp on 14 June 1940. It will be aired on TVP3 Krakow on 14 June at 5.40 pm.
Piotr Litka is the director and author of the script, while Jeremi Grzywa is the cinematographer. The film was shot primarily at the Auschwitz Memorial, as well as in Tarnów, both at the Tarnów prison, where the tragic journey of the first Polish prisoners of Auschwitz began, and the streets of the city, where the Germans led a column towards the railway station on 14 June 1940
'I want to thank the Museum staff for their cooperation on this exceptional project because the creation of the film would not have been possible without their support. I am glad that TVP Cracow was able to make a documentary, the production of which is part of the mission of public media,' said Rafał Marek, director of TVP3 Cracow branch.
'On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the first transport, we do not only remind the audience of the history of this event and the beginnings of Auschwitz but also, thanks to recordings from our archives, we present the accounts of eyewitnesses - former prisoners of the first transport,' emphasized Rafał Marek.
The film uses many fragments of former prisoners' accounts from the archives of TVP Cracow, while historians from the Museum Research Center, Dr. Igor Bartosik and Dr. Łukasz Martyniak, co-authors of the book 'The Beginnings of Auschwitz in the Light of Source Materials', talk about the initial stage of the German Auschwitz camp.
'The first prisoners, the first transport, never disappeared from the consciousness of historians, museum staff, those connected with this history. We would always treat these people as our heroes, as our friends. These people supported us with their priceless knowledge about the camp,' said Dr. Igor Bartosik.
'The accounts presented after the war and concerning their incarceration, in particular the first months of the existence of Auschwitz, constitute a particularly precious information base," said Dr. Łukasz Martyniak.
The premiere of the film "The first transport to Auschwitz. Post Scriptum" will be aired on TVP3 Cracow on 14 June at 17.40 (the movie will also be available on www.krakow.tvp.pl and in the TVP VOD App) The film - with subtitles in English - will also be presented on the Museum's YouTube channel and our Facebook page on 14 June at 19.00.