Poland was first to inform world about Holocaust

It was on August 1943 that moving theatres-goers saw and heard Poland’s Foreign Minister Edward Raczyński saying that “extermination of Jews is a definite policy of Germany.” Ahead of the main commemorations of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland’s Ambassador to the UK Arkady Rzegocki recalled the importance of Raczyński's Note.

In the filmstrip, Edward Raczyński, the author of "Raczyński's Note", said that “hundreds of thousands of Jews who have been transplanted to Poland from other countries. Imagine entire populations of large cities all taken out and shot, exterminated in cold blood. That will give you the idea of what is happening to the Jews in Poland."

“Raczyński’s Note” – the first comprehensive document on Nazi-German systematic extermination and persecution of Polish and European Jews in occupied Poland during WWII.

“Raczyński’s Note” based on reports sent in from Poland by Polish secret emissary Jan Karski and Polish officer Witold Pilecki, of whom the latter selflessly allowed himself to be captured, imprisoned in Auschwitz from which he escaped to pass on the news of its horrors.

The note was sent on December 10, 1942, to 26 state signatories of the Declaration of the United Nations. “Thanks to the note, the free world learned about the tragedy of Jewish people in occupied Europe,” said Ambassador Rzegocki.

The main commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau are to take place on January 27 at Auschwitz Memorial.