The opening of the "Generations of Freedom" exhibition - Warsaw, 29 July 2020
The Battle of Warsaw 1920 – Katyń 1940 – "Solidarity"1980 – these are the stages countless Polish families had to go through in their struggle for independence, a struggle filled with death and defeat but also triumph and glory. Through the prism of the fate of the Gwoździewicz, Lazarowicz, Kulesza, Magierski and Majdzik families, the exhibition portrays the yearning for freedom and independence passed on from generation to generation. In the 20th century, three generations of Poles went down in Poland’s history. The first one won the independence of the Homeland and then defended it against the Bolshevik invasion in August 1920. The second – bravely took part in World War II and later joined the resistance movement against communist enslavement. The third was the generation of “Solidarity”, the protests of 1966, 1968, 1970, 1976 and 1979, and the great national awakening of 1980 resulting in overthrowing communism and the rebirth of Poland.
The virtual tour of the exhibition:
The exhibition was prepared by the IPN’s National Education Office. It will be displayed in the courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw until 4 October 2020.