78th anniversary of Olkusz Jews extermination

June 1942 – Jewish families from Olkusz on their way to the train station, to be deported for death in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In June, as in the previous years, we turn our memory to the tragic events in 1942, when Germans deported Jews from Olkusz to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where they were murdered in gas chambers. During the Second World War Nazis murdered more than three thousands of Jews inhabitants of Olkusz.

On June 13th, as every year, some of us plan to meet at 6 p.m. near the Starostwo building, at Mickiewicza Street 2, to start a march following the last way Olkusz Jews walked in their town to the train station, to be departed for death in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Earlier on June 13th, at 11 a.m., we plan to lay flowers in Auschwitz-Birkenau in the place of execution, where ashes of Olkusz Jews mixed with ashes of uncountable other victims of Nazis have been dispersed.

This year, because of epidemic conditions the Olkusz local authorities do not organize any commemoration events involving mass gatherings of people: A communication on commemoration of Olkusz Jews holocaust (in Polish).

In June, at the Rynek square, there is presented an interesting exhibition (prepared in 2017) by the City Council on history of Jews in Olkusz: Exhibition on history of Jews in Olkusz (in Polish).

A movie recalling the 13 June’s marches in previous years.