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21 September 1939
Poland's Cardinal Hlond Informs Pope Pius XII of Atrocities Against Polish Catholics

Poland's Cardinal Hlond Informs Pope Pius XII of Atrocities Against Polish Catholics

21 September 1939
Reinhard Heydrich Tells SS Commanders in Poland to Confine Jews to Special Areas

Reinhard Heydrich Tells SS Commanders in Poland to Confine Jews to Special Areas

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27 September 1939
Warsaw Defenders Surrender to German Army

Warsaw Defenders Surrender to German Army

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28 September 1939
Pope Pius XII Allows Poland's Cardinal Hlond to Broadcast on Vatican Radio

Pope Pius XII Allows Poland's Cardinal Hlond to Broadcast on Vatican Radio

29 September 1939
German Church Sends Thanks God for Rich Harvest on Polish Battlefield

German Church Sends Thanks God for Rich Harvest on Polish Battlefield

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30 September 1939
German Church Bells Ring When Troops Enter Warsaw, Celebrating Nazi Victories

German Church Bells Ring When Troops Enter Warsaw, Celebrating Nazi Victories

30 September 1939
Pope Pius XII Sympathetic to Poles & Polish Cardinal Hlond for Loss of Country

Pope Pius XII Sympathetic to Poles & Polish Cardinal Hlond for Loss of Country

6 October 1939

Final Surrender of Last Polish Military Forces to Germany after the Battle of Kock

8 October 1939
Nazi Germans Set Up First Polish Ghetto at Piotrkow Trybunalski

Nazi Germans Set Up First Polish Ghetto at Piotrkow Trybunalski

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10 October 1939
Occupied Areas in Poland Organized as General Government

Occupied Areas in Poland Organized as General Government

12 October 1939
Adolf Eichmann Travels Through General Government Looking for Places to Relocate Jews

Adolf Eichmann Travels Through General Government Looking for Places to Relocate Jews

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14 October 1939
Vatican Paper Says Pope Pius XII Really Sorry Poles Lost Their Country and Suffer Mass Murders

Vatican Paper Says Pope Pius XII Really Sorry Poles Lost Their Country and Suffer Mass Murders

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18 October 1939
Polish Jews in Wloclawek Ordered to Wear Star of David When in Public

Polish Jews in Wloclawek Ordered to Wear Star of David When in Public

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28 October 1939
Nazis do Detailed Census of all Jews in Warsaw

Nazis do Detailed Census of all Jews in Warsaw

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30 October 1939
Himmler Orders All Jews in Annexed Region of Poland be Deported to General Government Areas

Himmler Orders All Jews in Annexed Region of Poland be Deported to General Government Areas

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2 November 1939
Goebbels Visits Lodz Ghetto While Traveling Through Conquered Areas of Poland

Goebbels Visits Lodz Ghetto While Traveling Through Conquered Areas of Poland

15 November 1939
All Synagogues in Lodz are Destroyed by the Nazis

All Synagogues in Lodz are Destroyed by the Nazis

16 November 1939
Lodz Newspaper Announces All Jews Must Wear Yellow Armband

Lodz Newspaper Announces All Jews Must Wear Yellow Armband

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23 November 1939
Hans Frank, Head of German-Occupied Poland, Orders All Jews Over 12 to Wear Star of David

Hans Frank, Head of German-Occupied Poland, Orders All Jews Over 12 to Wear Star of David

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25 November 1939
Hans Frank Tells German Officials Jews Will be Expelled From Germany and Many Will Die

Hans Frank Tells German Officials Jews Will be Expelled From Germany and Many Will Die

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28 November 1939
Hans Frank, Head of German Occupied Poland, Orders Creation of Jewish Council

Hans Frank, Head of German Occupied Poland, Orders Creation of Jewish Council

29 November 1939
Himmler Orders Execution of All Jews and Poles Who Don't Leave Germany When Ordered

Himmler Orders Execution of All Jews and Poles Who Don't Leave Germany When Ordered

1 December 1939
Nazi Germany Deports Jews into Nazi-Administered Area of Eastern Poland

Nazi Germany Deports Jews into Nazi-Administered Area of Eastern Poland

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2 December 1939
Nazi Plans to Relocate Jews in Eastern Poland Announced by Government

Nazi Plans to Relocate Jews in Eastern Poland Announced by Government

7 December 1939

Over 1,100 Psychiatric Patients are Murdered in Mobile Gas Vans in Poland

9 December 1939
Adam Czerniakow of Warsaw Jewish Council Gives Nazis List of Jews Converted to Christianity

Adam Czerniakow of Warsaw Jewish Council Gives Nazis List of Jews Converted to Christianity

10 December 1939
Several Hundred Thousand Jews are Confined in First Jewish Ghetto in Lodz, Poland

Several Hundred Thousand Jews are Confined in First Jewish Ghetto in Lodz, Poland

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17 December 1939
Nazis Conduct Large Census of Polish People, Shoot Those Who Don't Participate

Nazis Conduct Large Census of Polish People, Shoot Those Who Don't Participate

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2 January 1940
Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Forbidden to Post Obituary Notices

Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Forbidden to Post Obituary Notices

5 January 1940
Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Placed on Curfew

Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Placed on Curfew

6 January 1940
Polish Cardinal Hlond Reports on Persecution of Polish Catholics

Polish Cardinal Hlond Reports on Persecution of Polish Catholics

23 January 1940
Nazis Object to Vatican Radio Broadcasts About Catholic Clergy Persecution

Nazis Object to Vatican Radio Broadcasts About Catholic Clergy Persecution

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24 January 1940
Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Ordered to Register All Property

Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Ordered to Register All Property

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8 February 1940
Lodz Ghetto Created in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Lodz Ghetto Created in Nazi-Occupied Poland

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15 March 1940
Heinrich Himmler Speaks to Concentration Commandants About Destiny of Poles

Heinrich Himmler Speaks to Concentration Commandants About Destiny of Poles

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27 April 1940
Creation of Auschwitz Extermination Camp Ordered by Heinrich Himmler

Creation of Auschwitz Extermination Camp Ordered by Heinrich Himmler

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29 April 1940
Rudolf Höss Visits Site of Future Auschwitz Extermination Camp

Rudolf Höss Visits Site of Future Auschwitz Extermination Camp

1 May 1940
Nazis Seal Off Lodz Ghetto & Impose Starvation Conditions on Jews

Nazis Seal Off Lodz Ghetto & Impose Starvation Conditions on Jews

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20 May 1940
Auschwitz Gets First 30 Inmates, Mostly Career Criminals

Auschwitz Gets First 30 Inmates, Mostly Career Criminals

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14 June 1940
First of 728 Poles Arrive at Auschwitz - Only About 200 Will Survive

First of 728 Poles Arrive at Auschwitz - Only About 200 Will Survive

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12 July 1940
Hans Frank Meets With Hitler About Ending Transport of Jews to East

Hans Frank Meets With Hitler About Ending Transport of Jews to East

17 September 1940
Hermann Göring Decrees Property of All Polish Jews be Seized by State

Hermann Göring Decrees Property of All Polish Jews be Seized by State

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2 October 1940
Orders Given in Berlin for Creation of Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw

Orders Given in Berlin for Creation of Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw

11 October 1940
Hans Frank Stops Ghetto Building in Polish Areas When Hitler Plans to Ship Jews to Madagascar

Hans Frank Stops Ghetto Building in Polish Areas When Hitler Plans to Ship Jews to Madagascar

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16 October 1940
Hans Frank Orders Creation of Warsaw Ghetto

Hans Frank Orders Creation of Warsaw Ghetto

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27 October 1940

In Polish Town of Kalisz Residents of Jewish Home for Elderly are Loaded in Trucks and Gassed

29 October 1940
Silence of Pope Pius XII on Polish Suffering Noted by Polish Ambassador to Vatican

Silence of Pope Pius XII on Polish Suffering Noted by Polish Ambassador to Vatican

16 November 1940
Nazi Occupation Forces Seals Off Warsaw Ghetto in Poland

Nazi Occupation Forces Seals Off Warsaw Ghetto in Poland

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22 November 1940
First Mass Execution Takes Place in Auschwitz

First Mass Execution Takes Place in Auschwitz

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13 December 1940
Odilo Globocnik Advocates Jews be Housed in Work Camps in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Odilo Globocnik Advocates Jews be Housed in Work Camps in Nazi-Occupied Poland

 
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