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German Nazis’ repressions in occupied Poland - an excerpt of a Karski’s report to the Polish Government-in-Exile in Angers, 1940

Jan Karski1940

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum
Warszawa, Poland

On his first mission to the Polish Government-in-Exile in Angers, France, in 1940, Karski was tasked with reporting the general situation of Poland under occupation.

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  • Title: German Nazis’ repressions in occupied Poland - an excerpt of a Karski’s report to the Polish Government-in-Exile in Angers, 1940
  • Creator: Jan Karski
  • Date: 1940
  • Location: Poland
  • Transcript: "German repression measures" These feelings among Germans and their youth result in an exceptional level of humiliation of Polish citizens. I can give here some examples: In most of cities and towns on annexed territories Poles can only shop for food and clothing in specified hours – rare and the most inconvenient, so as to spare indigenous German citizens of the territories, inconvenience of meeting Poles while shopping. Furthermore, there is an obligation for Poles to get out of the way of somebody whose dress or badges indicate a German national. One should take off one’s headwear upon encountering a German soldier. In one of annexed cities an announcement was made: “When a German gives unilateral testimony that he was propositioned by a Polish woman, she is immediately sent to a brothel without a possibility to appeal to anybody. The fact that an unilateral testimony is enough gives much room for the abuse of power. In practice , a woman’s refusal to subject herself to advances from a German man can result in the application of such a “penalty”. Polish children without parents, without an “appropriate” care or those “wandering around” are sent away to German schools and transferred to German care where they are brought up in German spirit. They are cut off from any contact with their parents, relatives or other Poles. (…) Jan Karski’s Rapport for the Polish Government in Exile in Angers, France, February 1940.
  • Contributor: Hoover Institution Archives | Register of the Jan Karski Papers | box 2 folder 1
  • Original Source: Hoover Institution Archives
  • Collection: Jan Karski

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