The Role of the Polish Blue Police and Polish Kripo (Criminal Police) in the Final Solution to the Jewish Question
Jan GrabowskiYad Vashem, Jerusalem
July 18, 2014
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Immediately after the September events of 1939 the Germans took control of the Polish police. Police officers were urged to work for the so-called Polish Police of the General Government, which was subordinated to the Ordnungspolizei (ORPO), and the criminal police ("secret") for to the Security Police (Sicherheitspolizei - SiPo). Both police forces played an important – and hitherto unexplored – role in the extermination of the Polish Jews. Sometimes the Polish police acted on the orders of the Germans, and sometimes they hunted Jews on their own initiative. The lecture material is based on archival research in Poland, Israel, Germany and the USA.
The lecture was part of the Fifth Summer School of Jewish History and the Multiethnic Past of Central Europe.
Сover Image: Drohobych, 1942, deportation of Jews / Yad Vashem archive