Exhibitions on Poland’s WWII experience open in Brussels

Two new exhibitions on German atrocities committed in Poland during the Second World War have opened in a church in Brussels.

Up until September 24th, visitors to the Notre-Dame de la Chapelle church in Brussels will be able to learn about Poland WW2 history from two exhibitions consisting of a total 32 educational boards.

The exhibitions, created by the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU, have been put up in connection with the 81st anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland.

During the inauguration, Polish Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś stated that the project, titled “Be without mercy! Be brutal!" portrays the German occupier's atrocities against civilians.

- Since the very beginning of the September campaign and the occupation of Poland, there were numerous war crimes and crimes against civilians committed by the Nazi Germans (...) Putting this exhibition up in a place often visited by tourists and Brussels residents, in a church in the Old Town, is a good educational tool” the Ambassador stressed

This exhibition on the German invasion consists of 17 boards and is set up in a nave of the church.

The second exhibition consists of 15 educational boards and tells the stories of Poles who risked their own lives to save Jews from the Holocaust.

It was prepared in cooperation with the Rzeszow branch of the Institute of National Remembrance and tells stories such as that of the Ulma family, which was executed for sheltering their Jewish neighbours, Irena Sendler who smuggled Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the activities of Polish diplomats from the Łados group in Switzerland which helped Jews to escape from occupied Poland to Latin America.

Ambassador Sadoś stressed that Poland was the only country in Europe occupied by the Germans where the death penalty was institued against people who aided Jews even in the slightest way.

“Here in Brussels, we are trying to present information which is not widely known, about these most tragic moments in the history of Poland, Europe and the world” the Ambassador emphasised.