From 15 July 2020 the exhibition “The Image of Treblinka in the Eyes of Samuel Willenberg” will be available to visitors of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. The exhibition will feature sculptures showing the tragic fate suffered by the prisoners of the German extermination camp in Treblinka. Free admission.
We were telling the truth all over the world about the fighting and the suffering, but also about the year 1945 and its significance in the history of Poland. We told thousands of listeners from six continents characterised by diversified cultural sensitivity and level of knowledge of history about the heroism of our compatriots, their sacrifice in the fight for the independence of Poland, but also that 8 May 1945 had not been a liberation day. For millions of representatives of Central and Eastern Europe, the end of the Second World War meant the beginning of the red enslavement and the necessity to carry on the fight for the lost independence.
Conference devoted to the reopening of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk has ended. Its date was not accidental. Today marks the 119th anniversary of the birth of Cavalry Captain Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII hero. The meeting with journalists allowed firstly to sum up the project #M2WSwirtualnie [English: #WW2Mvirtually], which had been carried out for the last two months, and secondly to present new rules for visitors.
Tomorrow (13 May 2020) at 10.00 a.m. Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk will re-open to the public. Information about new rules for our museum visitors will be posted on our website after the press conference which will start tomorrow at 9.30 a.m.
W ubiegły czwartek odbyła się konferencja naukowa „Der Vergessene Alliierte?” zorganizowana przez Pilecki-Institut, Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit, Zentrum für Historische Forschung Berlin oraz Instytut Pileckiego. O komentarz do dyskusji poproszony został prof. Grzegorz Berendt. Zachęcamy do zapoznania się z podsumowaniem wydarzenia przez zastępcę dyrektora Muzeum II Wojny Światowej.
Do Western European nations remember the war the same way East-Central Europeans do? Who shapes the imagery related to WWII events: historians or mass culture creative artists? Answers to these and other questions will be sought already this coming Friday 8 May by the participants of the conference titled "Burden of Victory: The Second World War and its consequences from the perspective of 75 years since its end".
Due to the existing situation related to the Covid-19 epidemic and with our main concern for the safety of us all, the Organizing Committee of the Conference 1940 - Forgotten War? have reached a decision to change the date of the conference.
In 1940, the war that began in Europe in 1939 struck with all its terrifying might. On the one hand, it is the first year of the occupation of Polish territories by the Third Reich and Soviet Union; on the other hand, in that year both totalitarian regimes continue their territorial expansion, war spreading to many fronts, with military operations engulfing further areas of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Today is World Book and Copyright Day and the final day of our "Mask & Book" project. On this occasion, as part of #LookInsideOurBook series, we publish online an English edition of "World Battlefield Museums Forum", an illustrated record of an international conference that took place at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk in September 2018. The forum brought together representatives of battlefield museums from several countries around the world.
May the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings us spiritual rebirth fill everyone with peace and faith, may it give you strength to overcome difficulties and may it help everyone look to the future with trust. We wish you a Happy Easter!
As part of the #M2WSonline project, learn the exciting story of Marian Rejewski, who broke the Enigma code. A replica of the German encryption machine is on display at the main exhibition of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk.
As part of the #M2WSonline project, we publish a text by Dr Tomasz Szturo, deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. The article describes the life and work of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński.
On April 4 at 19:00 we invite you to Radio Gdańsk for a unique piano concert by the Polish virtuoso of the young generation Szymon Nehring and the premiere of the album #Pamięć. Katyń 1940 / Smoleńsk 2010.
As part of the #M2WSonline project, we publish an article by Dr. Tomasz Szturo, Deputy Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. This time the article is devoted to Zofia Kossak – co-founder of the Żegota Council to Aid Jews.
#stayhome and join our new social campaign #seeourtemporaryexhibit! Today we present to you the epaulette from the uniform jacket, a part of the field uniform belonging to Brig. Gen. Stanislaw Grzmot-Skotnicki, and his Virtuti Militari Cross.
Owing to the current situation with spreading COVID19 virus as well as inquiries from potential participants about the possibility of extending the papers submission deadline, we have decided to extend the deadline until 15 April 2020.
Due to the undertaken decisive steps to prevent the spread of SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, with regard to the decision of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of 11 March 2020 on the temporary closing of institutions of culture:
On 5 March 2020, the President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Jean Reid visited the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. The guests visited the main exhibition, the exhibition for children as well as the temporary exhibition.
The exhibition has a well-thought-out structure with precisely measured chronology and dramaturgy and contains various information on the wartime period. The exhibition is intended to have a strong emotional impact on visitors in order to make them aware of the horrors of the Second World War in the most suggestive way. At the same time, it highlights the events and phenomena that demonstrate the uniqueness of the Polish experience.
The exhibition is designed as an interdisciplinary project based on a variety of forms, media and scenographic solutions. They are woven into a cohesive story about the Polish experience of World War II, which provides vivid insights into the horror and tragedy of those times.
The New Zealand National Library in Wellington hosted an opening of the exhibition entitled “Fighting and Suffering”. The exhibition opening was accompanied by a public lecture “The Beginning of Evil. Fighting and Suffering” delivered by Mr Karol Nawrocki, PhD, Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
They are referred to as “the children of Pahiatua”. The lives of the Polish children deported by the Soviets in 1940 were made a living hell by the exile. Saved by a miracle, they escaped the “inhuman land” together with the newly formed army of General Władysław Anders. After the toils of a long and arduous travel, the orphans and half-orphans found their new home at the Pahiatua camp in New Zealand. They also became the protagonists of a series of filmed interviews produced by the Film Documentation Department at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk hosted a screening of the documentary “Memory is our homeland” [Polish:Pamięć jest naszą ojczyzną] attended by the director, Jonathan Durand. The documentary tells the story of thousands of Polish women and children, who after having escaped Soviet labour camps, sought refuge in Africa.
It gives us a great pleasure to inform you that due to the strong interest shown in the “We will accept Your Personal History” Nationwide Collection of Artifacts, we decided to continue running this initiative until December 31, 2020.
The El-Alamein Military Museum in Egypt was established to commemorate the Egyptian role in one of the most important battles of WWII, which took place in 1942, when the Allied Forces fought the Axis Powers in North Africa.
On 17 January 1945, the Red Army entered the ruins of the left-bank Warsaw. Seizure of the capital of Poland by Stalin’s army constituted yet another step on the Soviets and their nominees’ way to conquer Poland.