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Persecution of Poles poster

Why would a Government not allow children to go to school? Why would children be stolen from their families? What do you understand by the term ‘Germanisation’?

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Czesława Kwoka postcard

Czesława Kwoka was born on 15th August 1928 in Wólka Złojecka, a small village near the city of Zamość in south-eastern Poland.

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Persecution of Poles notes

Teaching notes on the content and usage of the 'Persecution of Poles' section of the resource, together with advice on the pedagogical challenges and conceptual issues it raises.

This image, taken in the autumn of 1939 by a German photographer following the invasion of Poland, shows a group of boys leaving their school in Warsaw. Together with the questions, it hints at two effects of the German occupation on Poland: the closure of most schools and the abduction of children for ‘Germanisation’.

photo © bpk/Arthur Grimm

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