Welcome: this is where international meetings take place

The idea of creating the web portal polishhistory has been part of the Polish History Museum and was established to create a broader view of the museum. Why is a website like polishhistory so needed? Robert Kostro: I believe that we are participating today – and this is a global phenomenon – in many important…


An experience of real slaughter and madness

An interview with professor Grzegorz Berendt, deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War, a state cultural institution established in 2008 and a museum in Gdańsk, devoted to the Second World War, about present-day perceptions of and research about that war, on the 80th anniversary of its outbreak. Polishhistory: The Second World War…


The Long Road to Lublin

The Union of Lublin created a Republic, formed by two states and two nations. The creation of one political community was a radical step. Nothing like it existed in contemporary European political thought. Polishhistory: The Union of Lublin, was signed more than 450 years ago, on 1 July 1569. Is it worth celebrating? Robert I….


Cursed Soldiers, a rural vengeance war

On 1 March 1951, after a show trial in the Mokotów prison in Warsaw, seven members of the WiN independence movement [IV Zarządu Głównego Zrzeszenia “Wolność i Niezawisłość”] were shot. The anniversary of this crime has been commemorated since 2011 as the National Memorial Day of the “Cursed Soldiers.” Tomasz Wiścicki interviews Dr. Tomasz Łabuszewski,…


Renovation plans

With the public call in January 2017 for donations of materials related to SS men employed at the camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum continues to develop renovations of the main exhibition. Days after the call for donations, a database of almost 10,000 names was published for SS men known to have served at the camp,…