of the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz
On the 14th of June an IYMC delegation took part in celebrations commemorating the 77th anniversary of the first transport of Poles to the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
On the 14th of June 1940, the Germans sent a group of 728 Poles from a prison in Tarnów to Auschwitz. Among them were soldiers of the September Campaign, members of the underground independence organizations, students, as well as a small group of Polish Jews. This date is considered to be the beginning of the operation of the camp. They received numbers from 31 to 758 and were quarantined in buildings of the former Polish Tobacco Monopoly, near the area of today's Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (today’s The Witold Pilecki Vocational State School of Higher Education). Following a Parliament’s decision, the day of this anniversary is a National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of German Nazi Concentration Camps and Camps of Extermination.
On the 15th of June in block 12 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was the photography exhibition "I survived the camp" by Stefan Hanke was inaugurated. The director of the IYMC Leszek Szuster took part in the vernissage. The exhibition is open until the 12nd of September 2017 (10.00-18.00)