During the days of November 18-20, 2019, the conference „Poland First to Fight” took place in National Press Club in Washington. It was organised by Polish American Congress of Southern California. The exhibition „Fighting and Suffering. Polish citizens during World War II”, which was created as a part of the international project „Fighting and Suffering” conducted by the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk in collaboration with the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, was presented during the event.
The story of Polish experience of the Second World War was shown on 18 boards with the emphasis on showing the tragedy of the war and endeavours of Polish soldier to regain an independent Fatherland. The main goal of the exhibition is to familiarise the visitors with attitudes of Polish citizens towards an overwhelming force of the aggressors which then became the occupants.
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.
The History of the Katyń Massacre in the context of the international politics was provided by Prof. Tadeusz Wolsza, PhD, president of the Council of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
Those who participated in the conference could familiarise themselves with the newest publications of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. The catalogue of the international conference World Battlefield Museums Forum was among them.
The Delegation of the Museum also took part in the screening of the film „A Little Poland in India” in the Embassy of India in Washington. The film tells the story of the camp for Polish children rescued from the soviet bondage. Thanks to the maharaja of Nawanagrru, Jama Sheba Digvijayasinhaji, thousands of Polish children found shelter in India during the Second World War.