Crime Without Punishment

The Extermination and Suffering of Polish Children During the German Occupation, 1939–1945

Edited by Janina Kostkiewicz

Jagiellonian University Press

Crime Without Punishment

Pub Date: March 2020

ISBN: 9788323348061

240 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $50.00£42.00

Pub Date: June 2020

ISBN: 9788323370932

240 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $49.99£42.00

Crime Without Punishment

The Extermination and Suffering of Polish Children During the German Occupation, 1939–1945

Edited by Janina Kostkiewicz

Jagiellonian University Press

This book is an exploration of the scope and methods used by Germany in its extermination and Germanization policy aimed at Polish children in the years 1939 to 1945. Children were sent to prisons and concentration camps, pseudomedical experiments were conducted on them, they were sent into forced labor, and planned mass abductions of them were conducted for the purpose of Germanization. The German leadership remained firmly convinced that the crimes they committed on children would never see the light of day; they erased all traces of the children’s origins, changing first and last names, and dates of birth. This extermination and Germanization of Polish children was part of a long-term plan to secure the ultimate end of annexing the Polish lands to Germany. By means of the Germanization and extermination of Polish children, an “age-old problem” was meant to be solved; it was to be a measure to prevent a future generation of Poles from striving to regain the pillaged lands of their fathers.

About the Author

Janina Kostkiewicz is head of the Department of High School Pedagogy and Polish Pedagogical Thought in the Institute of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.