Twenty-four graves in the Gardelegen cemetery, northern Germany, where Poles burned alive by the Germans in 1945 are buried, have been desecrated, the Gardelegen Memorial has reported.
Conceived 80 years ago this week, the fictitious radio station at Majdanek informed fellow prisoners about the latest whippings by SS guards or who had died of typhus, but also included radio theatre and education programmes aimed to raise morale and bolster resistance.
Included in the find at the Lamsdorf POW camp now in Łambinowice were doctor's needles, a fragment of a razor, as well as underwear and uniform buttons, metal utensils, and cast-iron elements of heating stoves.
United by the slogan ‘Honour and Glory to the Heroes’ the series is divided into two types of posters - one depicting colourised photos showing scenes from 78 years ago, while the second group are portraits of living insurgents holding their own wartime photographs.
While a prisoner at a POW camp known as E715 in what was then the town of Auschwitz , British prisoner James Archer became friends with ‘five tough Polish guys’ and a Jewish engraver inmate who made the gang six identical rings with their initials. Now Archer’s 74-year-old son is trying to track down the fate of the rings and their owners.
Created in 1946 as part of a post-war nationwide school project, the pencil and crayon images obtained by TFN show the full, terrible experience of war from the perspective of children.
At today’s handover at the Treblinka death camp memorial museum, IPN chief Dr Karol Nawrocki said that the objects “are not just evidence of the crimes committed by the Germans but also evidence of victory over amnesia.”
Deported to the camp on 27 April 1942, Stefania Łącka “reached the peaks of heroism" trying to support and save others from death.
Held by the newly-established KL Plaszow Museum, the commemorations will honour the memory of the 6,000 Poles arrested on August 6th, 1944.
Begun at around 9am on the 22nd of July, the executions carried out by a special death commando unit saw prisoners shot dead in their individual cells before being herded together and killed en-masse. Others were gunned down in the castle’s corridors and courtyard.