The vernissage of an exhibition of unique sculptures by Samuel Willenberg reflecting the history of the Holocaust took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Educational Centre of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).
Mr Willenberg’s piece of arts arrived to Poland thanks to the efforts of IPN. Their author is a survivor from Treblinka concentration camp, who witnessed numerous German crimes and, after many years, sculpted the scenes that took place in the camp.
The exhibition was prepared as part of the celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was preceded by the press conference attended by, among others, the wife of Samuel, Ada Krystyna Willenberg, thanks to whom the IPN initiative was possible.
The sculptures are to remain under the care of the IPN for a year. From January 29, 2020, they will be available to visitors for free at the "History Centre" at Marszałkowska Street in Warsaw. As a temporary exhibition, they will also visit Białystok, Częstochowa, Gdańsk, Kielce, Kraków, Lublin and Szczecin.
Samuel Willenberg was the soldier of the Polish Army and, later on, the Home Army and participant in the Warsaw Rising. He was among the few prisoners who managed to escape from Treblinka camp after the unsuccessful prisoners’ revolt inside against the Germans.
Mr Willemberg and his wife became proponents of good Polish-Jewish relations, telling the story of both groups during the Nazi German occupation during WWII.