The International Auschwitz Council under the Prime Minister of Poland, during the last meeting on 24-25 May 2016, addopted a resolution about the Museum of the Second World War:
"The International Auschwitz Council expresses a hope that the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk will continue its hitherto operation, and that its permanent exhibition will be opened in the shape as prepared by eminent historians and museum curators over many years of work. The main exhibition of the Museum of the Second World War presents the martyrdom and struggle of the Polish nation as well as the extermination of Jews and other national groups persecuted by the Third Reich. It is perhaps the first such spectacular attempt at combining different themes and aspects of the Second World War in a cohesive manner so as to depict a complete picture of the conflict. The Council wishes to express its appreciation for the accomplishments of the team of historians, headed by Professor Paweł Machcewicz, who prepared the Museum’s permanent exhibition. We would also like to appeal to the authorities of the Republic of Poland to facilitate its swift opening, planned for the beginning of 2017. In its current shape, the Museum is likely to become an important element of Polish and international cultural heritage as an institution of immense value for the memory of the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind."
The results of the 2015 ‘Sybilla’ Competition for the Museum Event of the Year were announced on 23 May 2016 at the Grand Theatre — National Opera. We are pleased to inform that our Museum was awarded in the Education category for the ‘Secrets of the Enigma’ workshops — a project prepared and conducted by Mateusz Jasik from our education department.
The workshops were organised for students of upper secondary schools in Gdańsk, with the number of participants amounting to 180. The 40-minute workshops were free of charge and held on school premises. We also carried out a modified version of the workshops during field historical events organised or co-organised by our Museum, with the number of participants estimated at 600. The topics discussed during the workshops cover the breaking of the code of the German Enigma coding machine by Polish mathematicians and how that affected the course of the history of the Second World War. The workshops supplement and develop the information from the history syllabus. The projects’ uniqueness consists in combining a presentation of historical background with solving cryptographic puzzles using cyphers from different eras. The teaching aids prepared especially for this project include models of the coding machine with rotors, which allow students to code and decode messages independently, as well as copies and simulators of the Enigma as well as models of the rotors, which aid comprehension of the coding mechanisms used in the machine.
Within the framework of the European Night of Museums the Museum of the Second World War once again invited visitors to Westerplatte, where it prepared a range of attractions in two educational zones on the peninsula.
More photos from the event in the gallery.
The first educational zone, devoted to the Costal Ground Defence and the defence of the Army Transit Storehouse during the first days of September 1939, featured re-enactment shows, but its main highlight was the ‘Bombing of the Barracks’ pyrotechnic show that recreated the 2 September 1939 German air raid on the Army Transit Storehouse. There was also a display of army and soldiers’ equipment from the period of the 1939 Defensive War. Connected with the Year of Special Force Paratroopers, the other educational zone had stands with workshop and assignments for all age groups designed to familiarise the participants with selected special operations in which Home Army paratroopers had been involved. While performing the tasks prepared in that zone the participants also had an opportunity to go on trolley rides on the peninsula.
Numerous institutions and academics from around the world have been writing to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Professor Piotr Gliński, to express their support for the Museum of the Second World War. Contents of the letters are available below: