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.
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.
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.
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.
On 1 September 2019, immediately after concluding the celebration at the monument to the Defenders of the Coast in Gdańsk, an official foundation stone laying ceremony for the Museum of Westerplatte and the War of 1939 and opening of a special exhibition was held at the Westerplatte Power Plant building.