On the 8th of April 1917 was born Tadeusz Pietrzykowski a.k.a. “Teddy” – Polish boxer, trainer, physical education teacher, one of the first prisoners of the Auschwitz German concentration camp, and since 1943 also of Neuengamme concentration camp and Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He went down in history not only as a famous boxer fighting for his life in Auschwitz.
On April 6th, 2017, according to a decision made by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, prof. Piotr Gliński, a new cultural institution was established under the name of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, combining the museum of the same name, which had existed since 2008 with the Museum of Westerplatte and the War of 1939. For the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, this has been a period of hard work, including implementation of numerous projects and development on many levels.
On March 16th of this year, in the early morning hours, the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk started an exhumation of remains buried at the Cemetery of the Defenders of Westerplatte. The decision to carry out the work was made by the County Sanitary Inspector, the Pomeranian Voivode and the President of the Institute of National Remembrance after consent was received from the family of Major Henryk Sucharski.
A press conference organized by the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk was held on March 12 at Westerplatte to present this year's plans regarding the construction of Westerplatte and the War of 1939 Museum. Dr. Karol Nawrocki, the director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, and Filip Kuczma, the Head of the Archaeology Department of the Museum attended the conference.
Have you heard about our educational project "Westerplatte - The First Battle of World War II"? It is a great opportunity to help you learn more about the events of the first few days of September 1939 on Westerplatte!
Japan’s Ambassador to Poland, Miyajima Akio, and the Embassy's Second Secretary, Ishihara Hiroaki, paid a visit to the Museum of the Second World War today. The Museum’s Directors and his Deputy Directors, accompanied by the Deputy Head of the Education and Science Department, showed the guests around our exhibitions.
On Friday, 5th February, after an almost three-month-long break, the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk will reopen to the public. Those who decide to visit us in the coming days can expect special attractions.
The first issue of the scientific journal “Polish-Jewish Studies” edited by the Institute of National Remembrance has been published. Chief Editor of this annual is Deputy Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, Prof. Grzegorz Berendt.
A hand-made shopping bag used by Jadwiga Makarska’s mom to carry sugar and grocery from the store. Difficulties in obtaining many commodities were an everyday occurrence for the deportees, as she recalls in her memoirs.
On 21 December this year, results of the competition for drawing up an urban and architectural concept of the Military Cemetery of the Polish Soldiers at Westerplatte were presented at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. A victorious work was made by NM architects Tomasz Marciniewicz, Zuzanna Szpocińska, Jerzy Grochulski (team of authors comprising: Tomasz Marciniewicz, Zuzanna Szpocińska, Jerzy Grochulski, Karolina Kayzer).
With the approaching Christmas season I would like to wish you many meaningful and joyful moments, inner peace and perseverance, joy and the Lord’s blessing on each day of the coming Year.
Karol Nawrocki, PhD
Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk
On December 14th, 2020, the first gathering of the Competition Jury began to select the best urban-architectural concept for the Polish Army Cemetery at Westerplatte.This gathering is chaired by dr. hab. inż. arch. Boleslaw Stelmach Ph.
Order of Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk (Order 57/2020) of 9 December 2020 on appointing a Honorary Committee for holding a competition for preparing an urban and architectural concept of the Military Cementary of the Polish Army at Westerplatte.
Jan Bianga – an excellent sportsman, one of the best boxers in the history of the Gdańsk sport scene – is the protagonist of another edition of our campaign “Entering History”. This time we present boxing gloves that belonged to the boxer and boxing coach of the legendary club Gedania. Most significantly, the next “Rocky Boxing Night” gala will be named after Jan Bianga.
EXHIBITION „THE AIRMEN” FROM 6 DECEMBER IN THE SQUARE IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR The exhibition will showcase in an innovative and artistic manner the photography project "The Airmen" by the photographer Michał Solarski.
We are excited to announce that Digital Westerplatte project, designed by Chronospace IT company for the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, has received a distinction in the "Startup - The Best Technological Solution" category in the "Innovation Eagle" contest by Rzeczpospolita daily.
According to the agreement concluded between the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk and the Governor of Pomerania, the museum has provided four rooms for free use, located in the museum's hotel annex, to meet the needs of medical staff working in the area of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The exhibition “Poles in the Free City of Gdańsk” presents the fates of the Polish minority, which has served Poland since the beginning of WMG’s [Free City of Gdańsk] existence through its active involvement to preserve its national identity against the German majority. The exhibition presents various manifestations of everyday life of the Polish population in the WMG until the outbreak of World War II.
Three films produced by the Museum of the Second World War have been awarded by the international and national jury of the 15th edition of the FilmAT Festival. Our productions were recognized as the best ones in the “documentaries & TV reports” and “tourism communication” categories.
Museum of the Second World War Youth Council is a body that will fulfil a consultancy function for our institution. One of the goals of the project is to disseminate knowledge of history among youths and to promote participation in culture and public life.
In connection with the inclusion of Gdańsk in the so-called COVID-19 red zone and numerous questions concerning the opening of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk from 16 October this year, we inform that our facility will be open to visitors.
On 2 October 2020, the Undersecretary of Culture and National Heritage Jarosław Sellin appointed
Dr. Karol Nawrocki as the director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk for another term of office (2020-2027).