Resources on Totalitarianism in Poland

Polish resources

Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN || Museum of the history of polish jews

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to the public in April 2013. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. The Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, opened on October 28, 2014.


Muzeum Niepodległości – Pawiak || Museum of Pawiak Prison in Warsaw

Since 1990, Museum of Pawiak Prison, as well as Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom and Warsaw Citadel, constitutes a vital part of the Museum of Independence in Warsaw.


Europejskie Centrum Solidarności || European Solidarity Centre

The ECS is a state-of-the-art cultural institution that honours our greatest civic success—the victorious Solidarity movement. It is a museum that commemorates the revolution of Solidarity and the fall of communism in Europe, but it is also an educational, research and academic centre, an archive, library and multimedia library.


Auschwitz-Birkenau || Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau former german nazi concentration and extermination camp

KL Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here.


Muzeum Polaków Ratujących Żydów podczas II wojny światowej || Museum of Poles saving jews in World War II

It is the first museum in Poland devoted to those who rescued Jews in the occupied Poland during the Shoah. The main exhibition presents the known and documented cases of help given to Jews in the present-day Podkarpackie province. In the future, the area of interest shall also include other territories of occupied Poland.


Muzeum Historii Polski || Polish History Museum

MHP presents the most import_ant motifs of Polish history – the state and the nation – with special emphasis on the topics of freedom, parliamentarian tradition, citizen institutions and movements, and the fight for freedom and independence. It embarks on themes including the functioning mechanisms of the ancient Republic of the szlachta – the landed nobility and of national uprisings, the story of Solidarity and the two reconstructions of the Republic of Poland in the 20th century.


Muzeum II Wojny Światowej || Museum of the Second World War

The mission of the Museum of the Second World War is to create a modern institution that will present the history of the war as the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century. Despite the fact that over 70 years have passed since the outbreak of the Second World War, no museum in Europe treats its course and nature comprehensively.


Muzeum Stutthof w Sztutowie || Museum Stutthof in Sztutowo

Stutthof Museum was founded thanks to the efforts of former prisoners of Stutthof resolution of the Presidium of the Provincial Council in Gdansk on 12 March 1962. Museum, whose overriding goal is to permanently commemorate the victims and preserve for future generations the widely understood “heritage Stutthof,” a state cultural institution subordinated to the Ministry of culture and National Heritage.


Muzeum Żydów Galicyjskich || Galicia Jewish Museum

The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. An innovative and unique institution located in Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Kraków, Poland.


Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego || The Warsaw Rising Museum

The Warsaw Rising Museum was opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in Warsaw. The Museum is a tribute of Warsaw’s residents to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital.


Muzeum Wojska Polskiego || Polish Army Museum

As one of the largest museums in Poland The Polish Army Museum, is committed to collecting, research and exhibition of military artefacts of historic value.The Museum was founded on 22nd April 1920, by executive order of the Marshall of Poland Józef Piłsudski, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, and its collection established by the first director of the Museum, Col. Bronisław Gembarzewski.


Centralne Muzeum Jeńców Wojennych || The Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War

The Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice-Opole is a unique center on the European scale, which deals with the problem area relating to Prisoners-of-War and cer-tain questions pertaining to the recent history of Poland. The Museum runs scientific-research and documentation-related activity, organizes exhibitions and displays, publishes materials, runs conservation works, as well as activities of commemorative nature.