On June 14, 1940, the German National Socialists took the first transport of Polish political prisoners, which consisted of 728 people, to the German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. To mark the anniversary, the Arolsen Archives and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will present an exhibition on the fates of 14 prisoners from the camp in front of the memorial in June 2022.
Many of them were on the first transport, and some of their personal belongings are still kept in the Arolsen Archives. Helped by volunteers, the Arolsen Archives are looking for the families of the victims in order to return the stolen mementoes to them.
This online exhibition tells the stories of the persecuted persons and invites volunteers to start their own (re)search.