The Germans transported 728 Poles from a prison in Tarnow to Auschwitz on 14th June 1940. Only just over 300 survived the war.
Due to the pandemic, the jubilee ceremonies, under the patronage of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński, will primarily take place in the virtual realm.
For more on the programme of events:
Since 2006, the 14th June has been designated National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps.
The Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents has created a special webpage dedicated to the 80thanniversary of the first transport
There you will find eye witness testimonies where locals speak of the significance of 14th June 1940 for the residents of the Land of Oświęcim, the subsequent evictions, the terror as well as the resistance movement and the aid rendered to the prisoners. They also speak of their daily life in the shadow of the camp.
The webpage is available in English too:
All the recordings come from the collections of the Remembrance Museum of the Land of Oświęcim Residents.