"The Furthest Poland. Szczecin 1945 - 1948". Open-Air Exhibition

The common action of The State Archive in Szczecin, The National Museum in Szczecin and and Centrum Historii Zajezdnia in Wrocław is aimed at commemorating the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of Szczecin into the Polish state.

Its authors have intended to show how different – although not less dramatic that in other parts of Poland – the beginnings of Poles' post-war lives were in these territories. The exhibition is divided into three chapters, which include the origins of the postulate of Polish borders running along the Oder River, the fates of Poles brought by Germans to Szczecin during the war for forced labour, the reality of Soviet presence in Szczecin, the transfer of Polish population from Kresy - Eastern Borderlands to West Pomerania and the beginnings of the life of the Catholic Church in these areas. The issues that are not the reason for pride have been shown as well, i.e.  "Wild West", that is stealing former German property in western territories. A separate tale describes the history of Szczecin citizens' opposition towards violating the rules of democracy by the President Bolesław Bierut and his people. It was here that one of the first great demonstrations showing objection against the communists and supporting the opposition leader Stanisław Mikołajczyk took place in April 1946. The city by the Oder River was also located on the route of the couriers of free Poland in 1945–1947. Considerable attention was paid to creating cultural institutions and reconstructing maritime economy.

by Piotr Semka


"The Furthest Poland. Szczecin 1945 – 1948” Open-Air Exhibition
July 15th - August 14th 2020
plac Solidarności / The National Museum in Szczecin – The Dialogue Centre Upheavals


Exhibition Organisers: Ośrodek "Pamięć i Przyszłość”, The National Museum in Szczecin, The State Archive in Szczecin
Exhibition Originator and Curator: Piotr Semka
Authors: Piotr Semka, Dr. Anna Lew-Machniak, Dr. Janina Kosman, Michał Knitter
Reviewer: Dr. Artur Kubaj
Graphic Design: Łukasz Szełemej