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Project "MEMORY" for Frank Bustamante Gallery in New York

Bogdan Korczowski paintings "Pyramid of Death 1988" "Piramida smierci", 1988 r. oil on canv. 80 x 80 cm: 'HOMMAGE / | WILHELM KORCZOWSKI | MAUTHAUSEN GUSEN | 14.01.1941

Krematorium Mauthausen-Gusen photo from 1945

Wilhelm Korczowski 1939

Wilhelm Korczowski nr 7372
Document from Dachau concetration camp 1940

Wilhelm Korczowski, (1895-1941) One of polish victims of the German Nazi. After the 1939 German invasion of Poland, German were arresting or killing polish civilians. Hundreds of thousands of wealthy landowners, clergymen, and members of the intelligentsia, government officials, teachers, doctors, officers, journalists, and others were either murdered in mass executions or sent to prisons and concentration camps. On September 7, 1939 Reinhard Heydrich stated that all Polish nobles, clergy and Jews are to be killed, on September 12 Wilhelm Keitel added intelligentsia to the list, at the end of 1940 Hitler demanded liquidation of "all leading elements in Poland" and on March 15, 1940, Himmler stated:
..." All Polish specialists will be exploited in our military-industrial complex. Later, all Poles will disappear from this world. It is imperative that the great German nation considers the elimination of all Polish people as its chief task.".....

The camp of Gusen was set up to operate the quarries. However, it soon became a death camp in which whole groups of prisoners, in particular Poles and Spaniards, were murdered systematically. Later the prisoners increasingly worked in arms production for the firms Steyr-Daimler-Puch and Messerschmitt. More information about subcamp Gusen can be found here:

My polish grand-father Wilhelm Korczowski ( born 21 may 1895) was arrested april 1940 and first deported may 5,1940 to german camp DACHAU (nr.7372), after transwered juin 26,1940 to german camp Mauthausen-Gusen (nr 5283 ) and murder in this camp on January 14, 1941.

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German camps in occupied Poland

War crimes in occupied Poland

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Expulsion of Poles by Nazi Germany





"TOTENBUCH Mauthausen-GUSEN" January 1941
(document: Mauthausen Museum)

"and pay the bill"..
Copy of letter to my Grandma from Krakow, with "bill" from Krematorium of German concentration camp Mauthausen-Gusen.