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Woman’s face of aid

This is the title of a conference for both layman and expert dedicated to the role of female inhabitants of the Land of Oświęcim in rendering aid to KL Auschwitz prisoners.

The organisers – The Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents and the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust – warmly invite you at 10am on Tuesday 17th March to the HQ of the ICEAH located at 15 Leszczyńskiej street in Oświęcim. There is no entrance fee.

The activities of women under the German occupation were varied, some more formalised than others. They fought on frontlines, helped as doctors, ran as couriers. They also actively took part in rendering aid to prisoners and escapees and in organising life of the local communities living under the shadow of war. Experts in this field will present lectures on these topics at the conference.

In highlighting some of the heroines of the period, we want to emphasise the significant role women played during WWII, in particular their engagement and courage. Many of them not only paid the price for their aid with their own lives, but also the lives of their closest family members.

Conference participants will be able to see a historical exhibition entitled “Women in KL Auschwitz”. This, as the creators of the exhibition explain, shows “the tragedy of the women’s fates, the suffering and heroism of the female prisoners in their struggle to survive and maintain dignity in the Nazi German concentration camps as well as the martyrdom of the Jewish women murdered in gas chambers.”

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the contemporary HQ of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in Oświęcim which was opened this year.

On the day of the conference, Tuesday 17th March, a special bus will be put on which will leave the bus stop OCK in Osiedle Chemików at 9.15am, also stopping at the train station en-route. The organisers will also provide return transport after the conference. If you would like to book a place on the bus, please contact us before 13th March at tel: 33 447 40 84.

On the picture: Władysława Kożusznik (left) and Helena Płotnicka. Both were actively involved in helping KL Auschwitz prisoners. After her arrest for her resistance activities, Helena Płotnicka was taken to KL Auschwitz. She died in the camp hospital in March 1944.

Photo: from the archives of the Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents.

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