Muzeum Pamięci Mieszkańców Ziemi Oświęcimskiej Oświęcim
Remembrance Museum of the Land of Oświęcim and the Residents in Oświęcim
The multimedia exhibition allows viewers to further experience and feel the emotions that accompanied the eyewitnesses to history. The films based on eyewitness accounts are at the core of the exhibition. The vivid recollections of everyday life under occupation provide a glimpse of the brutal world recorded in the memories of the witnesses.
The museum's interior features understated colours: there is only grey, and black with red as an additional colour, which alludes to the logo of the museum. The entire arrangement is minimalist and serves to keep the visitor focused on the narratives. Memories and accounts of witnesses to history are complemented by artefacts placed in modern, illuminated display cabinets. Particularly interesting are, for example, the memorabilia of Helena Płotnicka, who brought help to the prisoners of Auschwitz and was murdered for her actions in the camp, or the equipment of the pharmacy of Maria Bobrzecka, a pharmacist from Brzeszcz who supplied medicines to prisoners. A pre-war suitcase from Brzezinka in the display case is a symbol of the ever-changing, tragic fate of the inhabitants of the Land of Oświęcim. It accompanied its owners during the deportations and ‘resettlements’ when it was decided to establish a concentration camp in Brzezinka.
The exhibition is located on three floors of the building. In the first section, visitors can admire a sculpture created by world-renowned artist Igor Mitoraj, a native of Grojec. In this section, on one of the first spherical screens in Poland, visitors to the Museum can watch a film showing the beauty of the Land of Oświęcim. A touch screen on the wall gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history of this region. In the second section, visitors will pass through a fog screen which, like a curtain, reveals projected past photographs from the inter-war period. The multimedia exhibition on the Second World War takes the form of a labyrinth with separate rooms in which visitors can listen to the accounts of eyewitnesses. Modern showcases feature objects related to the times of the German occupation, as well as heroic figures. The third section is located in the attic and refers to the places of refuge of the rescued prisoners. The area symbolises the safe place guaranteed by Polish families to those escaping from the camp. The last part of this section tells the story of the first months and years after the end of the Second World War and the repression experienced by the residents and their families for their activities during the war. The permanent exhibition continues outside. 'The Path of the Superheroes' is a unique place, made up of seven different sections, each dedicated to children – the little 'scouts' who, despite their age, helped people during the Second World War.