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"Resettlements, Refugees and Escapes - Atlas of Polish Territories"

Patronage: Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski "Resettlements, Refugees and Escapes - Atlas of Polish Territories" tells about dramatic incidents which are a part of the 20th century heritage. It shows the forced people's resettlements on the territory of Central Europe which included more than half a million squared kilometres which was within the Polish border until the outbreak of WWII or was incorporated into the Polish territory after 1945. The atlas describes deportations, resettlements, escapes, forced recruitment and deportations to forced labour. It gives a description of further resettlements in Central and East Europe.
The atlas contains:
-historical comments
-chronological tables of migration movements and of civil society
-maps
-diagrams
-about 400 illustrations
-source documents of public institutions, memories and personal reports



"Boży dezerter FRANZ JÄGERSTÄTTER (1907-1943)" Erna Putz

The Foundation for German-Polish Reconciliation, the Austrian Forum of Culture and the Publishing House "Fronda" organized a meeting with the author of the book about Franz Jägerstätter, Erna Putz. The issue discussed on that meeting was a conflict of obedience: questions of loyalty to the conscience and loyalty to the state in the context of European citizens' destiny during the World War II. Władysław Bartoszewski, Secretary in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Dr. Alfred Längle, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria participated, along with. Dr. Erna Putz herself.


Bogdan Bartnikowski "The Childhood in a Stripped Garment"

Bogdan Bartnikowski, born in 1932, was deported at the age of 12 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau. concentration camp He survived the hell of the extermination camp, later on, he was deported to another concentration camp - Sachsenhausen. After the war, he worked as a journalist and a writer. In the 1960s he decided to write the reminiscence of his childhood down, hoping that in this way he would liberate himself from the terrifying memories. As Bogdan Bartnikowski released his book "The Childhood in a Stripped Garment" in 1969, he touched upon an issue, which had not been publicly discussed before. His work reminded that these were not only thousands of adults who died in labour- and extermination camps, but also many children. Most people remember their childhood as the most beautiful time in their life. Children who suffered in the camps, instead of carelessly spending their time at a playground, were kept in wooden barracks behind walls, fences, barbedwire and forced to work. Those who survived this hell have to cope with a life-long burden and trauma. Bogdan Bartnikowski describes in his memories the experience of living in a camp from a child' perspective. Recollections of other Polish children who were kept in concentration camps are also enclosed in the book. Recently, "The Childhood in a Stripped Garment" has been published in German based on a translation of the Polish language version.


"Keeping Remembrance. Slave and forced labour in the Third Reich from Poland 1939 to 1945."

The bilingual exhibition 'Keeping Remembrance' catalogue contains many pictures and texts and was shown both in Poland and Germany. The content of the exhibition is also available online on this website. The majority of the photos used for the exhibition come from slave and forced labourers' private collections. Furthermore, the catalogue sums up the basic historical facts in the introduction by Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski titled "Forced Labour of Polish Citizen in the Third Reich during the German Occupation 1939-1945". Another interesting foreword was written Dr. Christine Glauning and Daniela Geppert under the headline "History and Remembrance. War and Cooperation at the example of Poland". Some parts of the catalogue are provided with a historical comment, which was especially prepared with a view to the sometimes limited knowledge of German readers concerning this issue. The focus was put on topics, which had been inadequately examined by now and which are rarely known in Germany (e.g. massive displacement of Poles in the territories of Great Poland and Zamojszczyzna and the resettlement of Germans in their place, transit camps, "Germanisation" of Polish children, etc.). The catalogue was released by the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation in cooperation with the Documentation Centre of Nazi-Directed Force Labour in Berlin (NS-Dokumentationszentrum fuer Zwangsarbeit) in 2007. The project was co-financed by the Foundation "Memory, Responsibility and Future" and by the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation.

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