The lecture covers the economic, political, and demographic aims of the German occupation of Poland, and the role of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in achieving them. The lecture focuses particularly on the expulsion of civilians, resettlement, denial of freedom, limitations on reproduction, economic discrimination, and killing as means for carrying out Nazi policy in occupied Poland. The second half of the lecture presents the process of deporting Poles to Auschwitz, the formal pretexts and actual reasons for imprisoning Poles there, the number of Polish victims in comparison to those of other ethnic backgrounds, the reasons for the death rate among Poles, and the role of Poles in the resistance movement structure.
Form: lecture, illustrated with documents and photos
Audiences: Museum guides, intermediate- and secondary-school students, university students, teachers, educators.
Languages: Polish, English
Lecturer: Franciszek Piper, Ph.D.Illustration: The first transport of Poles to KL Auschwitz at the train station in Tarnów