Exhibitions about Władysław Bartoszewski

Redakcja, dzięki uprzejmości Marcina Barcza / Editorial staff / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 22nd June 2018
The public is invited to view two exhibitions dedicated to Władysław Bartoszewski (1922-2015) – a former prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a AK (Home Army) soldier, a historian and social activist, a member of the “Żegota” Council to Aid Jews, a Righteous Among the Nations and a member of the Council of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

On 19th June 2018, the exhibition “Władysław Bartoszewski – Harm, Forgiveness, Cooperation. Meet a Real Hero” will open to the public in the historic headquarters of the Polish Teachers' Union in Warsaw. The exhibition was created last April for the purpose of teaching students at II Liceum Ogólnokształcącego (High School) in Tarnowskie Góry. From the middle of May, it was on display at the “Inny Śląsk” Art Gallery. Now, it will remain open to the public in Warsaw throughout the holiday period. In September, it will then travel to schools across Poland.

The opening of the exhibition took place during a meeting of the Polish Teachers' Union Council, chaired by Sławomir Broniarz. A short presentation was made of educational materials devoted to Władysław Bartoszewski, as well as a screening of a ten-minute clip from Witold Beres and Artur Więcek's film Bartoszewski – Droga. In 1947, that same historic meeting hall was the venue for the trial of the Auschwitz camp commandant, Rudolf Höss.

During the opening, a dedication was made to the memory of Zofia Bartoszewski's father, Karola Makucha (1885-1944) – anoutstanding pedagogue, the founder of Polish education under Austrian occupation and in newly-independent Poland in 1918. He was a member of the Nationals Union of People's Teachers in Galicia, a member of the Union of Polish People's Teachers, Secretary of the Union of Polish Comprehensive School Teachers and then Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Commission and first Chairman of the Pedagogical Department of the Polish Teachers' Union.

The exhibition can be viewed at the Union headquarters at 35 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie, near Centrum Nauki Kopernik Metro station, next to Ławka Szkolna monument. It is located of on the mezanine floor in the main hall and open from Monday to Friday, between 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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The public is also invited to view the exhibition “Władysław Bartoszewski (1922-2015) – Against the Tide – Memory – Reconciliation. The biographical chapters of an outstanding politician and builder of bridges between Poland and Germany”, which will open on 12th July at 7:30pm in the Heraldic Hall of the Berlin City Hall (Rathausstraße 15).

This exhibition was created shortly after the death of Władysław Bartoszewski. The concept was created by Cyryl Skibiński and Marcin Barcz, under the academic supervision of Prof. Andrzej Friszke. It was first presented to the public in September 2015 in the Prime Minister's Chancellery in Warsaw, where Władysław Bartoszewski had worked professionally. It was then on display at POLIN Museum of the HIstory of Polish Jews. This will be the first time that it has been on show in Germany.

Offical Opening program:

  • Welcome by Secretary of State Christian Rickerts.
  • Address by Prof. Joachim Rogall, Chairman of the Robert Bosch Foundation and of the Federal Council of the German Union Foundation: Cosmopolitan and Builder of Bridges – Memories of Władysław Bartoszewski.
  • An introduction to the exhibition by its curator, Marcin Barcz, longtime assistant to Władysław Bartoszewski.

The exhibition will be open to individual visitors and organised groups from 12th July to 31st August 2018, from Monday to Friday, between 9:00am to 6:00pm. Due to current works and for security reasons, the City Hall maybe temporarily closed.