POLAND – Culture news
To mark the 80th anniversary of the German concentration camp for Polish children in Przemysłowa street in Łódź (eng. Lodz), there was an opening ceremony of the vernissage titled «An Unusual Polish Family. Destiny of Gertrude Nowak – a child from the camp on Przemysłowa Street».
The exhibition is based on unique archival materials included in the only, so completely preserved personal file documenting the confinement and dramatic experiences of a girl brutally separated from her parents and sisters and imprisoned with her brothers in a German concentration camp for Polish children.
The development of the documentation presented in the vernissage was made possible thanks to Gertrud Nowak, who kept her briefcase with the personal files and many photographs of the child prisoners from the camp.
The ceremony was attended by prof. Piotr Glinski, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage; Mikołaj Pawlak, Ombudsman for Children’s Rights; Wojciech Dąbrowski, chairman of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna; Dr Ireneusz May, director of the Museum of Polish Children – Victims of Totalitarianism; Joanna Piotrowska, survivors’ representative; Alicja Chetmanska, daughter of former camp prisoner Gertrude Nowak; and Dr Andrzej Janicki, museum historian and exhibition curator.
The exhibition, prepared by the Museum of Polish Child Victims of Totalitarianism, will be on view until 5 December.