PL First to Break Free [TIMELINE]

03.06.2019

PL First to Break Free [TIMELINE]

“Dear viewers, on 4 June 1989 the communism in Poland came to an end,” said Joanna Szczepkowska, an actress, on Polish TV prime time news after the June elections. The first partially free elections triggered the collapse of the system not only in Poland but also in the whole Eastern Bloc. What was the path that led to the elections like? Let’s go back to the key moments of 1989!

Key anniversaries and patrons of the year 2019

20.05.2019

Key anniversaries and patrons of the year 2019

On a yearly basis, Polish MPs vote on “patrons” as well as anniversaries to be commemorated and celebrated in a series of promotional events throughout the following year. In July 2018, the Sejm, the lower house of Poland's parliament, adopted an act proclaiming 2019 as the year of Stanisław Moniuszko, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński and Anna Walentynowicz; it also brought two major historical events to focus – the Union of Lublin and the Silesian Uprisings.

228th Anniversary of the May 3 Constitution

30.04.2019

228th Anniversary of the May 3 Constitution

The text of the May 3 Constitution of 1791 is traditionally credited to King Stanisław II August, Grand Marshall of Lithuania Ignacy Potocki, and the priest and philosopher Fr. Hugo Kołłątaj.

The heroes of the two flags

19.04.2019

The heroes of the two flags

In a walled-in area of 300 ha, the Germans in 1940 herded together some 400,000 residents of Warsaw and its environs and the displaced people from lands incorporated into the Reich. The appalling conditions inside the ghetto, disease and starvation killed dozens of thousands of them. On 22 July 1942, the German authorities began to empty the Warsaw Ghetto of its inhabitants. Those who stayed, decided to put up resistance in spring 1943. On 19 April 1943, an uprising broke out in the Warsaw ghetto — the largest Jewish armed struggle in the Second World War and the first act of resistance against the invader in occupied Europe. In spite of the disproportion of forces, the fighting would continue for almost a month.

The Daffodils campaign

18.04.2019

The Daffodils campaign

POLIN Museum created the Daffodils Campaign – Remembering Together to commemorate the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Every year on April 19th, hundreds of volunteers hand out paper daffodils to raise awareness of the uprising and its significance.

Russian and Soviet graves on Polish soil

28.02.2019

Russian and Soviet graves on Polish soil

Poland is a land that has witnessed many military conflicts. The millions of graves and cemeteries – not only Polish – are reminders of our history’s tragic episodes. Soldiers of many nationalities, British, German and Russian, including one million and three hundred thousand Soviet Army troops were laid to rest in Poland.