"The Furthest Poland" Exhibition in Warsaw

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the opening of the exhibition entitled "The Furthest Poland. Szczecin 1945-1948” at Narodowe Centrum Kultury in Warsaw. It has been the first exhibition showing history of inhabitants of Szczecin and surrounding borderlands during the first postwar years, that is not known well kn other parts of Poland. 

Today we may take pride in thinking about Szczecin as a great Polish city, the furthest in the West, but very well integrated with Poland. Therefore we undertook multiple important investment decisions related to West Pomerania – the Prime Minister said during the exhibition opening. 

He also recalled postwar history of Szczecin and of people who after World War II re-built this city. During the first years after the war, Szczecin was recognised a place where lawlessness was widespread. However, in this anarchy, uncertainty and lack of faith in future Poland free from communist represin machine, Poles managed to build Polish Szczecin. This is the wonder of Polish postwar Szczecin, which we may enjoy today.  

The exhibition entitled "The Furthest Poland. Szczecin 1945-1948” is a common initiative of The National Museum in Szczecin, The National Archive in Szczecin and Centrum Historii Zajezdnia in Wrocław. Its originator and curator is Piotr Semka. It has been arranged by Ośrodek "Pamięć i Przyszłość” in Wrocław, The National Museum in Szczecin and The National Archive in Szczecin.

The aim of the exhibition is to show the beginnings of postwar lives of Poles in Szczecin. The authors have presented the peculiarity of everyday life at that time in that region. The visitors may see previously unreleased photographs showing, among others, how strongly the border was guarded in December 1945. There are also photographs shocking with their tragedy and proving how high price was paid for trying to build normal life in Szczecin, e.g. a photographh of a militia officer shot in Arkoński Wood. 

The exhibition has been arranged on the 75th anniversary of incorporating the region into the Polish state. 

Until mid-August the exhibition was available in Plac Solidarności w Szczecinie. Now the citizens of Warsaw will be able to see the history of Szczecin shortly after World War II. 

 

After Polish verion at: www.premier.gov.pl
Photo: Adam Guz/KPRM