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MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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82. anniversary of the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz on June 14, 1940

16-05-2022

Photo. Holocaust History Archive, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

82nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TRANSPORT OF POLES TO KL AUSCHWITZ. NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF GERMAN NAZI CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMPS.


On 14 June 1940, the Germans transferred a group of 728 Poles from the prison in Tarnów to the Auschwitz camp. The group included soldiers of the September campaign, members of independence underground organisations, school pupils and students, and a small group of Polish Jews. They were given numbers from 31 to 758. Of the 728 deported prisoners, 325 survived the war, 292 perished, while the fate of 111 is unknown to date.

Events commemorating the 82st anniversary are held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

 

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COMMEMORATION PROGRAMME:

• 14.30 - commemoration at the Auschwitz I site with the participation of official delegations from state authorities and organisers of the ceremonies.

• 16.00 - Placing flowers at the plaque commemorating the arrival of the first transport (Cavalry Captain Witold Pilecki State University of Małopolska in Oświęcim)

• 17.00 - Holy Mass at the Saint Maximilian Centre in Harmęże

All survivors who wish to participate in the commemoration event are asked to contact the organisers (phone: +48 33 844 80 23 / ).

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INDIVIDUAL COMMEMORATIONS

On June 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., there will be a possibility for individual commemoration at the Memorial and the laying of wreaths and candles at the Death Wall in the courtyard of Block 11. Prior contact is required at  to set the entry time. Please also see the regulations on the Museum website.

The organizers of commemorative events

• Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
• Auschwitz Memento Association
• Bielsko-Żywiec Diocesan Curia
• Castle Museum in Oświęcim
• Cavalry Captain Witold Pilecki State University of Małopolska 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
• International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim
• Jewish Center in Oświęcim
• Kraków Foundation Center for Information, Meeting, Dialogue, Education and Prayer in Oświęcim
• Movart Foundation
• the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression
• 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