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„«Kiedy się wypełniły dni…» Pochówki polskich obrońców Westerplatte”

1 września 2021 w Muzeum II Wojny Światowej w Gdańsku, w ramach obchodów 82. rocznicy wybuchu II wojny światowej odbył się wernisaż wystawy „«Kiedy się wypełniły dni…» Pochówki polskich obrońców Westerplatte.”

Podczas uroczystego otwarcia ekspozycji p.o. dyrektor Muzeum II Wojny Światowej w Gdańsku dr hab. Grzegorz Berendt podkreślił, że ekspozycja jest jednym z działań przywracających pamięć o bohaterach, którzy zginęli na Westerplatte, ale równie istotny jest także ich godny pochówek, będący nie tylko obowiązkiem instytucjonalnym, ale również czysto ludzkim.

 

INVESTMENT IN WESTERPLATTE

The key tasks planned as part of the three-stage investment include the reconstruction of parts of the historical buildings, restored according to plans from before 1939, making the building remains more visible, and carrying out restoration works. In addition, a new building housing a museum space will be built near the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte.

At the same time, on the site of the former Military Transit Depot, archaeological research is being carried out by the Archaeological Department of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. Thanks to the work so far undertaken, over 50,000 artefacts have been discovered, and most importantly, 9 remains of the Defenders of Westerplatte, 5 of whom have been identified. Our goal is to pay tribute to them and also to provide them with a dignified burial place at the new military cemetery of the Polish Army Soldiers in Westerplatte, where Major Henryk Sucharski will also be buried.


PRESENTATION OF THE INVESTMENT PROGRAM

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the main goals of the investment, as well as the individual stages of the planned constructions. A presentation of details of the investment program for the Museum of Westerplatte and the 1939 War took place on August 25, 2020 at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.

Also within the scope of our activities are the protection, maintenance and restoration of the original military complex at Westerplatte. As an institution, we are carrying out our mission to disseminate knowledge about the Second World War, consistently restoring the memory of the symbolic location that is Westerplatte.

 

The construction of the Museum of Westerplatte and the War of 1939 is being carried out on the site of the battlefield at Westerplatte, which in 2003 was officially recognized by Ordinance from the President of the Republic of Poland as a Historical Monument - and thus one of 105 monuments of special importance for Polish culture.

VII STAGE OF ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH

In March 2021, the seventh stage of our archaeological research began. Artefacts discovered during this and earlier stages will be put on display at an archaeological exhibition located in the building of the former Power Plant.
 

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