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.
Unique exhibition project “Fighting and Suffering. Polish Citizens During World War II” [Walka i Cierpienie. Obywatele polscy podczas II wojny światowej] is a product of cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was inaugurated on 15 August 2019. The exhibition was presented in 151 locations in 66 countries, in cities such as: Washington D.C., Brasília, Mexico City, Edinburgh, Vienna, Belgrade, Bangkok, and Canberra. It is the largest informational campaign of this type concerning World War II in the history of Polish diplomacy. Works on the exhibition held at foreign missions were coordinated by: embassies, consulates, Polish institutes or permanent representatives of the Republic of Poland, who chose interesting and publically known locations to display the exhibition. The exhibition is a tale of the Polish experience of World War II. It pays particular attention to showing the tragedy of the war and efforts of the Polish soldiers to regain an independent homeland. It aims to provide information about the attitudes of Polish citizens in the face of the overwhelming force of the aggressors and later the occupiers. The project constituted an emanation of the exhibition “Fighting and Suffering. Polish Citizens During World War II” opened on 1 September 2019 in the temporary exhibitions room of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
Watch a spot summing up the international exhibition project “Fighting and Suffering. Polish Citizens During World War II”.