On the site of the former Warsaw ghetto now stands a formidable reminder of brutally halted centuries of Jewish history in Poland: POLIN, of copper, concrete and glass, a brand-new museum dedicated to portraying the long and seldom peaceful existence of Jews in Poland. Culture.pl has put together a comprehensive series of articles, interviews, biographical features to provide all necessary information on this crucial event. We are also proud to present our exclusive virtual visit to the Museum itself, for those unable to attend the much awaited opening of the permanent exhibition on 28 October 2014.
The Museum's significant location, coupled with its proximity to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, demanded extreme thoughtfulness on the part of the building’s designers, who carefully crafted a structure that has become a symbol of the new face of Warsaw. The design by the Finnish studio Lahdelma & Mahlamäki was selected in an international competition.
Mahlamäki has said that he was greatly affected by the images of the district taken from the air after the war, with the Saint Augustine Church rising out of the ruins.
The central piece of the Polin Museum is the reconstructed wooden synagogue from Gwoździec (present-day Ukraine). Its hand-painted ceiling is part of the Jewish Town gallery, while the roof can bee seen from the main hall of the Museum.