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The Runaway by Pawlowski, Marek Tomasz

The protagonist of this documentary film has led an extraordinary life, including an escape from concentration camp Auschwitz. For years, the freedom yearning Kazimierz Piechowski has been trapped in the political web of two regimes that had a firm grip on Polish society. The 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany and the devastating consequences for the Polish people was followed by the 1945 institution of a communist government by the Soviet Union. Both regimes proved to be crippling Piechowski. Nowadays, he aims to enjoy life to the fullest and appreciate his precious freedom.

Political Relevance
During the second world war , milions of people perished by bombings, fights, starvation and deportation to labor camps and concentration camps. put up by Hitlers Nazi Germany, contained prisoners of Jew descent, political prisoners, Sovjet war prisoners, Gypsies, homosexuals, disabled and more. Milions of people were deported to the camps, located mainly in Germany and Poland, and died as a result of the horrific circumstances or execution.

About Auschwitz
The Auschwitz complex of camps was the biggest complex of Nazi Germany with a total of 48 camps in the annexed Polish area. There were three main camps, Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II Birkenau and work camp Auschwitz III Monowitz. From 1942 until 1944, the inmates were murdered in gas chambers. However, some people managed to escape.On June 20, 1942, four men including the Pole Kazimierz Piechowski made their escape. As Piechowski explains in this documentary film, they were able to dress and arm themselves as members of the SS Totenkopfverbande and drive out of Auschwitz with an SS staff car.

Pawlowski, Marek Tomasz
Copyright Holder
Television Poland
56 min.
Year of release

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