30 people arrested in connection with the discovery of the Retaliation Association, led by Franciszek Witaszek, were killed in Fort VII. The Gestapo transported 47 members of their families to concentration camps.
In Poznań, the Gestapo arrested Halina Witaszkowa, wife of Franciszek, who was the leader of the Retaliation Association.
The Gestapo arrested 46 members of the White Eagle Association, an underground organisation active in Mosina since 1940.
During a luggage inspection at Poznań Main Railway Station police confiscated 6 kg of lard, 11litres of illicit alcohol, 15 packs of cigarettes, 3.5 kg of meat, 42kg of wheat flour, 2 new sets of women’s lingerie.
Greiser promised Himmler that he would accept and settle a minimum of 50,000 Germans from the Black Sea region (Schwarzmeerdeutsche) in Wartheland.
An article appeared in Ostdeutscher Beobachter about the discovery of mass graves of Polish officers in Katyń. The German press in Warthegau kept writing about the Katyń forest discovery for a couple of days.
Following Greiser’s order, a group of Poles from Wartheland flew to Katyń to see the graves.
The Gestapo transported 251 prisoners from Fort VII to Żabikowo camp, which commenced operations on this day.
Western Bulletin. Information from the Western and Restored Lands, an underground magazine issued in Poznań and smuggled to Warthegau, compared the situation in the General Government and in lands incorporated into the Reich:
“Here [i.e. in the General Government] Polish can be freely used at home, in churches, in the streets, at work and in offices. Polish books, though poor and greyish, can be seen in book store windows and public libraries; they are widely present in private homes, on trams and in parks. The theatre is run by the occupant and his minions, but Polish is still heard in plays [..]. Symphonic orchestra concerts with Polish conductors are played for Polish audiences; the programme includes Chopin, Moniuszko, Karłowicz, Szymanowski [..]. In the Western Lands, on the other hand, […] Polish books have long lost the right to exist, they have become a harsh accuser, a proof of guilt. Bookstores? They do exist, but not a single Polish word can be found there. Libraries? They have been wiped off the face of the Earth. Museums? Exhibitions? They do exist, but only for Germans and with German exhibits. Music and concerts are for Germans only, too. Chopin, Karłowicz and Polish compositions have been blacklisted. Even mechanical music has been taken away from Poles: phonographs, records and instruments have been confiscated. Apart from receiving an immediate beating, singing in Polish can land you in a penal camp.
The authorities of Wartheland transformed a further 8 Catholic places of worship into grain stores.
The security services informed that on a train in Kutno, the Gestapo arrested a Polish underground female courier who was carrying forged food coupons in a travelling bag with a false bottom. The coupons were for 23.55 kg of meat, 2,565 kg of butter, 10 kg of bread. She also had 400 marks in cash.
Himmler ordered the liquidation of all Jewish camps in Wartheland, apart from the Łódź ghetto.
Police arrested 7 Poles for cycling without a special permit.
Police raided Polish flats in Mogilno, Strzelce, Wylatowo and Trzemeszno.
In Poznań, Heinrich Himmler gave a speech to SS Gruppenführers. He said:
“The Jewish nation will be exterminated, each party member says, this is quite clear. The elimination of the Jews is part of our programme, let’s do that. But then they all step in, 80 million well-behaved Germans, all of them who knows a decent Jew. It’s clear that the others are assholes, but this one is a great Jew. None of those who talk like this, none has ever seen, none has experienced what most of us here know, what it means when there are 100 corpses in a pile, when there are 500 or 1,000. To be able to bear this and to remain decent, with no exceptions resulting from human weaknesses; this is what made us strong”.
The Germans hanged 13 Poles in Rawicz jail.
Reinhold Hans Walter, commander of the Żabikowo camp, killed Maria Wiśniewska, a nun and imprisoned AK messenger, for organising a group telling of the Rosary.
12 people were guillotined in Poznań for the Retaliation Association’s arson attack, as part of operation Bollwerk, on military warehouses on the river port.