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80th anniversary of deportation of the first Poles to KL Auschwitz – National Remembrance Day

June 14th 1940 is considered the date when German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz began its functioning. On that day, the Germans deported from the prison in Tarnów to the Auschwitz camp the group of 728 Poles. Among them were veterans of the September 1939 campaign, members of underground independence groups, high-school and university students, and a small group of Polish Jews. They received numbers 31 to 758.

On 1 July, the Auschwitz Memorial will be re-opened to visitors

From 1 July, the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp will again be open to visitors. Reservations for guided tours, as well as individual entry for the period 1 July - 30 September, can now be made online at Visitors will also find new regulations, price list and information for visitors related to the epidemic situation.

Thank you for your solidarity and generosity

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have responded to our appeal for financial assistance during the pandemic, which was a challenging time for the Memorial. Your support will facilitate the continuation of some educational, scientific, exhibition and publishing projects.

New online lesson: Poles at Auschwitz

„Poles at Auschwitz” is a new online lesson prepared by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. Its author is Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz, head of the Research Center of the Auschwitz Museum.

"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.

Online exhibition of camp letters of Tadeusz Korczowski – a prisoner of the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz

‘I have been in the concentration camp Auschwitz since 14 June…’ it the title of an online exhibition made available by the Auschwitz Memorial on Google Arts & Culture. It presents a collection of 21 letters sent by a former prisoner Tadeusz Korczowski from Auschwitz that was donated to the Memorial by his family.