Tomasz Cebulski
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Auschwitz liberation without freedom

76th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau photo.Tomasz Cebulski - Sky Heritage Pictures

January 17th, 1945 was the day of the last roll call in the Auschwitz system. Over 67,000 prisoners of which close to 19,000 women and over 48.,000 men were counted still alive. The next few days till January 21st was marked with a hectic evacuation of Auschwitz inmates direction west.

In over 40 subcamps of Auschwitz scattered in southern Poland the SS guards formed a human chain of 56,000 inmates and forced them to march for few dozens of miles towards rail junctions in Gliwice or Wodzisław Śląski. The winter in 1945 was brutal. Then came the rail transportation, often in open rail carts for hundreds of miles into the German Reich. The longest “death march” was 260 km from Neu-Dachs — Jaworzno to KL Gross-Rosen. Executions, sub-camps massacres and inmate exhaustion marked the evacuation path with thousands of corpses. It is estimated that up to 15.000 of inmates were murdered within the camp evacuation procedures. It was a LIBERATION WITHOUT FREEDOM as most of those who survived January were registered in other German Reich concentration camps with a vague hope to be liberated in April-May of 1945. This was the last chapter of German-Nazi genocide in which the perpetrators were denying the crime through evacuation and elimination of eyewitnesses. Then comes the deafening SILENCE.

Let us break this silence by participating in the commemorative event organized by Sky Heritage Pictures, Polin Travel and Taube Center marking the 76th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.


76th Anniversary of the Liberation


with scholars

Dr. Tomasz Cebulski



Dr. David Fligg

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


PST: 11:00 a.m.

EST: 2:00 p.m.

UK: 7:00 p.m.

CET: 8:00 p.m.

Israel: 9:00 p.m.


The hour-long program will include a film entitled Auschwitz – Liberation Without Freedom produced by Sky Heritage Pictures with current footage from the Auschwitz-Furstengrube camp followed by a discussion between our expert presenters


About the Author
I hold an MA in International Relations and Politics and an MA in Middle East Studies, both from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. I am a PhD in the field of Political Studies, writing on the changing patterns of Holocaust and Auschwitz memory. I am a scholar of comparative genocide studies and author of a book "Auschwitz after Auschwitz". I work professionally as Jewish genealogist. I am a guide and genealogist through complicated matters and sites. My research company Polin Travel was initiated in 2000 to merge three of my passions: Jewish history, genealogy, and guiding. The last 20 years brought many explorations, genealogical finds, and emotions that proved to be transformative for me and my clients. Pursuing an academic career I don't lose sight of moving my travel activities on-line with first successful on-line guided tours, on-line genealogy, supported with customized films, and lectures. During the COVID pandemic I initiated a new visual history and historical site interpretation project SKY HERITAGE PICTURES.
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