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August 14, 2015 will begin the 75th anniversary of the death of St. Maximilian Kolbe during which we will also remember all those who died in the concentration camps which opened with the first transport of prisoners on June 12-13, 1941.
Events were held in Tarnów and Oświęcim on June 12 and 13 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the first transport of Polish political prisoners to the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.
On 14 June 1940, Germans deported a group of 728 Poles from the prison in Tarnów to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Among them were soldiers of the September campaign, members of the underground independence organizations, secondary school pupils and students, as well as a small group of Polish Jews. The received numbers from 13 to 758. The first camp numbers in Auschwitz were given to German criminal prisoners from the Sachsenhausen camp, who became first functionary prisoners.
Whereas, at St. Maximilian Centre in Harmęże where, among others the exhibition of works of a prisoner of the first transport Marian Kołodziej are presented titled “Memory Clichés. Labirynths”, a solemn Holy Mass was celebrated presided over by Bishop Roman Pindel the diocesan bishop of Bielsko-Żywiec.
During his homily he reminded the words of the biblical prophet Isaiah and referred them to the anniversary: “During this eucharist we can pray for peace, for the end of all hatred, for any reason, for reconciliation between parties in conflict and war, even genocidal. We may ask for forgiveness and restoration of peace in accordance with
God’s intentions. The prophet Isaiah predicted and foretold this:
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Let’s remind his words today. They illuminate many events in the history of salvation of the world. Let’s accept these words also for today and our reflection on the anniversary of the 75th anniversary of the transport of first prisoners to Auschwitz”.
At the end of the events, wreaths and flowers were laid at the Death Wall in the courtyard of Block 11 in Auschwitz I and all victims of the camp commemorated.
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