Bogdanow Lectures in Holocaust Studies 2018
|Starts:||18:00 30 Jan 2018|
|Ends:||19:30 30 Jan 2018|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
We are delighted to announce that the forth series of Bogdanow Lectures in Holocaust Studies will be given by Prof. Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa).
The event is open to the public; there is no need to book a place.
Lecture 2. The Polish 'Blue' Police and its Role in the Implementation of the 'Final Solution'.
Abstract: In September 1939, after four weeks of valiant but hopeless struggle against the vastly superior German forces, the Polish state collapsed. Nevertheless, some of its institutions, such as the police, had to be revived by the occupiers. During the first months of occupation the ranks of the Polish 'Blue' Police grew quickly reaching at its peak in 1943 more than 20,000 people, mostly pre-war police officers. The 'blue' police became the only militarized and armed Polish force which the Germans allowed to continue in occupied Poland. From the very beginning of the occupation, the Polish officers of the 'Blue' police were involved in the enforcement of anti-Jewish measures and regulations introduced by the Germans. With time, they became an important, often indispensable, element in the German machine of extermination of the Jews.
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