01/09/2019 Sunday

Polish exhibition to be shown worldwide on WWII outbreak anniversary

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An exhibition documenting the tragic experiences of Poles during World War II will be shown simultaneously in 80 cities around the world on September 1, 2019, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, the Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik reported on Tuesday.

The project dubbed "Struggle and suffering. Polish citizens during WWII" is a joint project of the Polish Foreign Ministry and the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, northern Poland.

The exhibition will consist of 13 multimedia boards meant to educate audiences around the world about Poland's place in WWII. It will be accompanied by a social media campaign, Deputy Foreign minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek told the daily.

"We have to show that WWII started in Poland. Not when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, not when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, but when Nazi Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939," said Wojciech Polak, a historian from Poland's national heritage-guarding Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).

"This is the first such campaign of the Polish diplomacy, when in so many places at the same time Poland’s voice about the country's dramatic fate during WWII will be heard," Karol Nowacki, the WWII museum's director told Nasz Dziennik.