Exhibition dedicated to Warsaw Uprising opens in Berlin

“We made the assumption that we should start by telling this story from the very beginning, and in a simple manner” said Jan Ołdakowski, director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which is the author of the exhibition. Marcin Obara/PAP

An exhibition devoted to the Warsaw Uprising was opened at the Topography of Terror museum in Berlin on Thursday. The event is being held under the patronage of Polish President Andrzej Duda and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"The exhibition in Berlin was a unique challenge for us," said Jan Ołdakowski, director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which is the author of the exhibition. "We made the assumption that we should start by telling this story from the very beginning, and in a simple manner. We knew that we were reaching an audience that did not have extensive knowledge (of the uprising – PAP), and that we would not interest them by just presenting details, but that we had to prepare an exposition that tells the entire story from the very beginning," said Ołdakowski.

The exhibition is in Berlin for the second time, and last took place in the German capital five years ago. Director of the Topography and Terror museum Andreas Nachama said that the exhibit was being shown again because of the huge impact it had made in the past. "Besides, five years, in a sense, is a long time: We have a new generation of students, new inhabitants of Berlin. The Warsaw Uprising shows how brutally and ruthlessly and, at the same time, consistently the nationalist-socialist terror acted against Poland. People should be made aware of the fact that a city of almost one million people was nearly obliterated from the face of the earth. And especially at a time when people are trying to trivialize the Second World War," he said.

The Topography of Terror history museum is located at the corner of Wilhelmstrasse and Niederkirchnerstrasse, the former site of the headquarters of the Nazi Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office. The museum focuses on the state apparatus responsible for the regime of terror during the Nazi period in Germany and occupied territories. More than 1.3 million people visited the Topography of Terror in 2018.