As part of the #M2WSwirtualnie 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.
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.
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.
The inauguration lecture entitled “Hitler and Stalin: the Forgotten Relationship Between the Two Superpowers of World War II” was given by Roger Moorhouse, author of “First to Fight: The Polish War 1939”.
Multimedia outdoor light show POLAND: FIRST TO FIGHT, produced in partnership of Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk and Pixel Artworks, has been awarded the prestigious Drum Experience Award 2019 in the category Event Technology of the Year.
Meeting of the Delegation of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk with Poles in Michigan on 21-24 November 2019 at Orchard Lake Centre and in the Parish of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Sterling Heights.
During the conference the lecture entitled „Poles and Jews under German occupation. Gross’s thesis reconsidered” was given by Prof. Grzegorz Berendt, PhD, deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
Ground works connected with filling the excavations from the fifth stage of archaeological research on Westerplatte ended on the 15th of November 2019. The research was received by protocol by the Pomeranian Provincial Monument Conservator in Gdańsk, stressing the necessity and the legitimacy to continue the archaeological works there.
Special screening of “Gdańsk 1939” documentary was held at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. The documentary directed by Grzegorz Karbowski depicts the events of 1939 in Gdańsk and their genesis referring, amongst others, to the establishment of the Free City of Gdańsk and its Nazification in the 1930s. Free screenings of the film for the public will be held in the Museum Cinema on the 22nd, 24th and 29th of November 2019.
Official closing day of the “Struggle and Suffering” exhibition was held on the 14th of November 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest. The exhibition was organised by the Polish Institute in Budapest. The event was held under the patronage of Zsolt Semjén, Hungary’s Deputy Prime Minister.
Today, during works on the ninth skeleton found yesterday at the archaeological site of the fifth season of archaeological research on Westerplatte, 7.65 Browning FN pistol with spare magazine was found at the waist height of the person whose skeleton was being lifted.
POLAND SEE MORE – HALF-PRICE WEEKEND is a nationwide campaign participated also by the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk. Between the 22nd and 24th of November, ticket for the Permanent Exhibition will cost PLN 10.