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“German Executioners – Polish Victims” Exhibition

“German Executioners – Polish Victims” is the title of exhibition of coloured photos from the Warsaw Rising period that were hanged out on the historical fencing of the Polish Security Printing Works in Warsaw. The showing marks the 73rd anniversary of the uprising effort and depicts how it looked like, as well as the victims, war criminals and the lives of Warsaw resident at the time. The exhibition combines history and modernity by using an app for smartphone operating systems.

The exhibition has been officially launched on Friday 28 July.

“It’s a unique showing. Sixty-six coloured photos 2x3 m large, each of them symbolising the Warsaw Uprising, were hanged out on the historical fencing that remembers the times of the defence of the PWPW Redoubt; at some places, you can still see the marks of shooting from fighting” – said Piotr Woyciechowski, President of the Management Board, Polish Security Printing Works S.A.

“PWPW is an institution with almost a hundred years’ history, established 2.5 months after Poland re-established its independence in 1919. The Works have always been closely related to the re-emerging Polish statehood. The Works were related to Warsaw, it was here, in the Sanguszki building complex, that in 1939 many shelters were made available to civilians during German bombing. The most significant episode was the defence of PWPW buildings in August 1944 during the Warsaw Rising, later called the defence of the PWPW Redoubt – Company President explained. 

He added that the exhibition fitted well into the Printer’s mission. “There is an immense distortion in the West of the history of the Poles during World War II. This one is a humble contribution to efforts aimed at rectifying the true image of our history and is addressed to tourists who visit Warsaw, among others” – he said. “It’s a response to the current situation of a certain hate and mendacious propaganda Poland and the Poles face when it comes to their participation in World War II, in particular under the notion of “Polish death camps” or such alleged incriminations as the participation of the Poles or the Home Army in so-called Holocaust” – President Piotr Woyciechowski explained.

The exhibition and the accompanying smartphone app called “Reduta PWPW” are available in two language versions: in Polish and in English. “Beacons, or small radio signal transmitters, are installed on the boards. After installing the application on your mobile device, you can receive more information on particular boards and the Warsaw Rising” – Mr Marcin Pachacz from the company BlueBeacon explained.

The application is addressed to all users, including those with vision or hearing impairment, because you can increase the font size and use its narrator module. “You can check the direction of tour, and by selecting an appropriate article you can complement the content and enrich the tour with extra information” – Mr Marcin Pachacz explained.

The exhibition will be available for the next three months on the PWPW fencing around the Printer’s buildings in the Sanguszki, Zakroczymska, Rybaki and Wójtowska Streets.


Source: PAP Press Centre

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