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03 October Wednesday
Avenue of Cultures

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Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin

The ‘Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre’ Centre

Lublin Municipal Office

Department of State History and Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University

have the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the exhibition ‘Lublin 1939-1944’.


The opening will take place on October 3 (Wednesday) at 5:00 pm.

Avenue of Cultures Level +1

The photography exhibition is open from 03.10.2018 to 16.10.2018.

The period of World War II is the most tragic chapter in the history of Lublin. Within a few years, the city lost its multicultural character and, together with it, its current identity. The photographic image of Lublin during World War II comprises photographs of the city at that time and private photographs taken throughout the entire period of warfare. The events have been documented since the first days of September 1939. Destructions after the bombardments of the city, which seriously damaged the historical fabric of Lublin, are juxtaposed with the documentation of everyday life during the occupation period. The most tragic event for Lublin during the WWII was undoubtedly the extermination of the Jewish population living in the city. Apart from life in the ghetto, the photographers documented the ruins of Podzamcze and the emptiness that remained in the place of the pre-war Jewish district. Lublin during the Second World War was also a place where German soldiers and other functionaries of the Third Reich occupation apparatus stayed. Their presence was often documented by them and preserved in private albums.


Photographers: unknown and Jerzy Krystosik, Edward Hartwig, Ludwik Hartwig.

The photographs come from Marek Gromaszek's collection and the Iconography Studio of the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre.

Selection of topics and photos: Marek Gromaszek, Marcin Fedorowicz, Joanna Zętar

Photo descriptions: Marcin Fedorowicz

Introductory texts: Joanna Zętar, Marcin Fedorowicz, Tadeusz Przystojecki

Design and graphic design: Krzysztof Bilski

Coordination of work: Marek Gromaszek

Exhibition organisers: Department of State History and Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, the City of Lublin, ‘Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre’ Centre.


The exhibition was organized thanks to the financial support of the City of Lublin.


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