Most museums dealing with the time of the Second World War focus either on the military history or exclusively on the extermination of Jews. The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is one of the first attempts to present the overall narrative of all crucial events of the war with the special emphasis on the genocide and terror suffered by civilians.
The current Polish government has criticized the Museum for being "not Polish enough", "too European" and focusing on the fate of civilians instead of the Polish military history. It also announced the intention to change the exhibition.
Pawel Machcewicz was dismissed from his position as Museum's director two weeks after its opening. Today he is professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The lecture will be in English.