Poets of the Underground. Words and Deeds

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 12:00 PM - Wednesday, October 2, 2024

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 12:00 PM - Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Tadeusz Gajcy, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Krystyna Krahelska, Zbigniew Herbert, Stanisław Baliński and Andrzej Trzebiński - other than their literary talent, what they all have in common is the experience of defending Poland during World War II and their underground activities. Their lives will be presented at the exhibition hosted by the Home Army Museum, which will be an opportunity to learn about the lives and fates of lesser-known artists, including Jerzy Szewczyk, Grażyna Chrostowska, Ewa Pohoska and Zygmunt Jan Rumel. The visitors will see unique exhibits on loan from the Museum of Literature in Warsaw and the Warsaw Rising Museum, including manuscripts of Baczyński's poems, volumes published in the underground, Halina Bojarska's wedding ring with a fragment of the bullet that wounded Wacław Bojarski, as well as a manuscript by Witold Pilecki. The exhibition will be complemented by the poets’ works, which spoke of wartime hardships, but also of the hope of victory.

Museum of the Home Army

ul. Wita Stwosza 12

The tale of the history of the Polish Underground State under the Nazi German occupation is superimposed here upon the history of the First World War that is set into the walls of the building.

The institution devoted to the Polish clandestine army from the Second World War has its headquarters in former Austrian barracks and magazines. During the First World War its spacious reinforced underground shelter served the high command of the Fortress of Kraków, the largest created in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and developed since the mid-19th century. Superimposed upon this earlier history is the tale of the Polish Underground State during the Second World War, presented here in the broader context of  Polish traditions of independence. The museum also organises temporary exhibitions, lectures, workshops, meetings with witnesses of history, and film screenings.

Tickets: normal PLN 20, concessions PLN 10, family PLN 45


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