The ambitious plans for the forthcoming Museum of the Second World War were amongst matters discussed during the Polish government’s morning session, Tuesday.
Building is set to commence on the project in 2012, and the museum will be provided for by funds from the state budget. The government has specified that costs should not be in excess of 360 million zloty (90,5 million euro).
The enterprise will be created in Gdansk, where the war began in 1939. On 1st September of that year, Germans began shelling the Polish garrison on the peninsular of Westerplatte.
Prime Minster Tusk said that Gdansk was not only a symbol of the war, but also of the country’s “ fullest revival after the war ,” alluding to Gdansk’s role as the birthplace of Solidarity.
An international competition for the design was held in 2010, and it was won by Kwadrat, a noted Polish firm from Gdynia. The jury, chaired by Daniel Libeskind, praised the design of this “immense building” which will be “tactfully inscribed in the surroundings, providing the chance to achieve iconic status.”
Prime Minister Tusk said that the building will be realized as a priority, “even in difficult moments of the economic crisis.”
The museum will be built on a plot of 1.7 hectares, incorporating some 23,000 square metres of space.
The main exhibition will portray not only the Polish plight, but also the destinies of other nations. Central themes such as genocidal policies will be accompanied by evocations of the day-to-day life of civilians and soldiers, as well as collaboration, diplomacy and resistance.
The grand opening of the museum is planned for 1st September 2014, the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. (nh)
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