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Hannah Riedler

Junior Fellow (10/2023 – 08/2024)


Between Deportation, Forced Labour and Germanisation. The Umwanderer Central Office in Occupied Poland 1939-1941


Hannah Riedler Immediately after the beginning of the conquest of Poland in 1939, the German occupiers began deporting hundreds of thousands of people from the annexed territories to the Generalgouvernement - Jews and non-Jews alike. The newly founded Umwandererzentralstelle (UWZ) was responsible for coordinating the expulsion as well as the transport of those affected. Many of the UWZ perpetrators later worked alongside Adolf Eichmann on the deportation of Jews. In addition to these personal connections, the project focuses on the daily deportation practice of the UWZ and its coordinating and ideological function in carrying out the immense population displacements.


Hannah Riedler, MA studies with a focus on Eastern European History at the University of Vienna, doctoral student at the University of Klagenfurt. Research interests: Occupied Poland in the Second World War, Holocaust, deportations in Poland in the Soviet and German and German occupation zones.


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