The Auschwitz Museum is preparing a new permanent Polish exhibition

The Auschwitz Museum is preparing a new permanent Polish exhibition

The Auschwitz Museum is preparing to create a new permanent exhibition devoted to the martyrdom of Poles in the German Auschwitz camp. Later this year, it will be looking for contractors, including construction works in block 15 and the creation of the exhibition and its assembly.

The exhibition "Poles in KL Auschwitz. Inhabitants of the Oświęcim Land during World War II "will replace the existing one, which has existed in the post-camp block 15 on the site of the former Auschwitz I camp since 1985.

This year's procurement plan published in the public information bulletin shows that in the second quarter of the year the Museum will be looking for contractors: an artistic design, as well as design documentation with a building permit. In the third quarter, the search for a company to carry out construction and conservation works in block 15. An order for the production and installation of a new exhibition will be announced in the last three months of the year.

Currently, a competition is being adjudicated to develop an artistic, architectural and construction concept for the exhibition.

The current Polish permanent exhibition "The Struggle and Martyrdom of the Polish Nation in 1939-1945" has existed since 1985 and is one of the oldest exhibitions at the Memorial.

The new Polish exhibition in Block 15 is to be a significant extension of the currently prepared core exhibition. There were over 140,000 imprisoned in KL Auschwitz. Polish prisoners. As part of the Holocaust, the Germans sent about 300,000 to the camp. Polish Jews. Many Roma who were murdered here also came from the pre-war territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The exhibition will occupy two floors of the historic block 15. It will present the fate of Poles in the German camp, dealing with the beginnings of the war and the German occupation in Poland, showing the scale of the persecution, the planning of arrests by the German police and the accompanying cruelty. He will present the history of the first prisoners of the camp - Poles. It will serve as an introduction to the narrative about the genesis of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust.

The Germans established the Auschwitz camp in 1940 to imprison Poles there. The first transport of Polish political prisoners from Tarnów arrived in Auschwitz on June 14, 1940. Poles were the second group of prisoners in terms of the number of people deported to the camp.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau was established two years later. It became the site of the extermination of Jews. There was also a network of sub-camps in the camp complex. In Auschwitz, the Germans killed at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews. About 70,000 died in the camp. Poles. (PAP)

author: Marek Szafrański