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76th anniversary of transports from the Pawiak Prison to Majdanek

On the night of September 17, 1942, Germans arrested three boys in the building on Krechowiecka Street in Warsaw. Involved in the Polish underground resistance movement, Adam Nowosławski alias ‘Marysia,’ Jerzy Giergielewicz alias ‘Rudy’ and Leszek Zabłocki alias ‘Jola,’ were sent to the Gestapo prison on Pawia Street. After five months of isolation and brutal interrogations, all three were transported to the concentration camp at Majdanek.

January 17, 2019, sets a 76th anniversary of the departure of the first transport of political prisoners from Pawiak Prison to KL Lublin.

On this occasion, the State Museum at Majdanek organizes a special meeting called Friends from the neighbourhood. ‘Jola,’ ‘Marysia’ and ‘Rudy’ in the Gestapo Pawiak Prison and German concentration camp at Majdanek. The event will be attended by Mr. Leszek Zabłocki – a prisoner of Pawiak, as well as survivor from the Majdanek and Gross-Rosen concentration camps. The meeting will take place on January 17, 2019, at 12 p.m. in the Visitor Service Centre lecture hall. The admission is free.

Leszek Zabłocki alias ‘Jola’ was born in Warsaw on August 9, 1924. Before the outbreak of World War II, he had finished two years at the Adam Mickiewicz Junior High School in Warsaw. After graduation in 1941, he received a secondary education certificate and started a preparatory course for a vocational school. Just before he was arrested, he started his second year of studying at the secondary school. Besides school and working at ‘Jola’ Trade Company, Leszek Zabłocki was involved in the conspiratorial activity in Lizard Union. Arrested on the night of September 17, 1942, he was sent to Pawiak Prison where he spent four months in isolation. On January 17, 1943, he was transported to the German concentration camp at Majdanek where he was forced to work at earthworks and in the potato storehouse. In March 1944, he was transported to KL Gross-Rosen and from there to Leitmeritz. He returned to Warsaw in May 1945 where he continued his education and graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and Warsaw University of Life Sciences. He committed himself to a banking sector, where he worked until 1955.

We invite all participants to the second edition of the meeting which will take place on January 22, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Pawiak Prison Museum in Warsaw.