Museum dedicated to a Polish war hero opens its gates

Museum dedicated to a Polish war hero opens its gates

The museum was opened in Ostrów Mazowiecka, 100 kilometers from Warsaw. The building was designed by the Polish architectural firm BDR Architekci.

Witold Pilecki (1901-1948) was a Polish cavalry officer who founded the first secret organization in occupied Poland during the Second World War, the Secret Polish Army, deliberately had himself taken to Auschwitz to carry out reconnaissance and then took part in the Warsaw Uprising. After the war, in 1948, he was arrested by the communist authorities, tortured, and executed on trumped-up charges.

Witold Pilecki's photograph taken before 1939, colorized

At the opening ceremony, Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said that Pilecki had shown “incomprehensible courage in the face of incomprehensible evil”.

The museum building was designed by Polish the architectural firm BDR Architekci. The design brings together three elements: the old house, the new pavilion, and the garden. Based on archival photographs, every detail of the house has been reconstructed, the attic and basement have been redeveloped, and the interior spaces have been insulated with wood—this is where the permanent exhibition is housed. The pavilion, combining concrete, oak, and large glass surfaces, is connected to the house by a glass corridor, and the garden has the characteristics of a cozy, small-town ornamental garden.

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