The AHA has sent a letter to Poland’s Minister of Culture expressing concern about the proposal to disrupt the planned Museum of the Second World War and to merge it with a new museum focusing on Poland’s military struggle in 1939. The Museum of the Second World War, if built as planned, will be the only major museum to showcase the history of the war through an international lens. The letter praises Poland’s critical approach in coming to terms with its difficult past, and urges the country to continue its leadership by moving forward with the Museum of the Second World War as planned.
Want to learn more? Watch Museum Director Paweł Machcewicz speak at the Washington History Seminar in 2015. For more on cultural policy and the history of World War II, watch Professor Kathy Peiss at another Washington History Seminar. The Washington History Seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year.