Opening of Gdańsk's Museum of the Second World War Announced
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The Museum of the Second World War is being built on a lot on Wałowa Street, near the centre of the city. It will be located in a symbolic architectural space which is also historical significance – it is 3 kilometres across the water from Westerplatte Peninsula, which was attacked in September 1939.
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Construction is scheduled for completion in 2014. The space reserved for the permanent exhibition will exceed 7, 000 square metres. This exhibition will use the most modern methods available to present the Second World War not from a grand, political perspective, but primarily through the fates of ordinary people. It will not be limited to the experiences of Poles, but will also recount those of other nations.
The main exhibition is conceived as a cluster of three narrative blocs. “The road to war" will focus on depicting the political powers, the logic behind and intrinsic force of totalitarian regimes, and their strategies of shaping mentalities that resulted in the outbreak of war. Another theme, “The horrors of war”, gathers together archives, stories and artefacts that describe the lives of ordinary people. This part of the exhibition provides an overview of acts of resistance, citizens' ways of surviving in occupied cities, and also the atrocities and crimes of the Second World War. It covers the Holocaust and other cases of genocide. The third part of the exhibition, “The war's long shadow”, highlights the key long-term effects of the war. It presents the processes and consequences of post-war politics that have established new frontiers in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as post-war migrations and resettlements.
Apart from the main exhibition space, 1,000 square metres will be devoted to temporary shows. The museum's mission is also to serve as a centre for education, culture and research. In June 2011, the museum opened an educational walk on Westerplatte, with many informational boards with historical photographs, etchings and maps along the path.
The museum organizes travelling exhibitions. In February, “Routes of Liberation: European Legacies of the Second World War” was hosted by the European Parliament. The exhibition considers how we have lost our freedoms during the past century, and how we regained our personal liberties and how to preserve them.
The museum also supports research into the memory of World War II, and has published 20 titles to date.
Source: press materials, ed. G.S, 06.05.2014