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During World War II Krakow was the Gestapo headquarters, and the building at 2 Pomorska St. used to serve as the Gestapo prison. Nowadays, the place hosts an exhibition entitled "People of Kraków in Times of Terror 1939-1945-1956", telling the complex history of our city, and preparing the visitors to see the cells, where Polish people, fighting for Polish freedom and independence during and after the war, were tortured and murdered from both Nazi and communist hands. "People of Kraków in Times of Terror..." is also a story about the similarities between the two totalitarian systems: the Nazi and the communist. This inhuman world will be presented to the visitors by means of the persons from the Gestapo and the Security Office. This exhibition is also a story of the ordinary people, citizens of Krakow, who lived here in this highly turbulent and tragic period in Polish history. Though the past can sometimes hurt, it needs to be remembered. This place, along with Oscar Schindler’s Enamel Factory and the Pharmacy under the Eagle, creates the Remembrance Route of the Historical Museum of Kraków. These three points on the map of Krakow are the three complementary stories about the war and the time right after.
Editor & Krakow Local