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Discovering Płaszów post-conference materials

added 03.12.2018 - update 24.05.2019
In 2016 in Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory (branch of The Historical Museum of City of Kraków) was held conference Discovering Płaszów.
The Historical Museum of City of Kraków planned the conference Discovering Płaszów to sum up two types of activities devoted to the post-camp site and its history. The first part of the conference included presentations on history given by Piotr Cywiński, Director of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, who summed up methods of commemoration currently used by museums; Ryszard Kotarba (the Institute of National Remembrance) who presented his path as a researcher, owing to which he is now an unquestionable authority in the history of KL Plaszow; Marta Grudzińska of the State Museum at Majdanek talked about the history of KL Plaszow inmates in Majdanek and its sub-camps, Aleksandra Kobielec of the Museum of Gross-Rosen in Rogoźnica also gave a  speech about her institution. 
In the second part of the conference was devoted to the post-camp site. Speeches were given by a sociologist (Roma Sendyka, the Faculty of Polish Philology of the Jagiellonian University), and landscape architects (from Poland – Krzysztof Wielgus and Urszula Forczek-Brataniec of the Kraków University of Technology, and from abroad – Kenny Fraser and Chris Rankin of the University of Edinburgh). In her presentation titled Płaszów. Attempts at Commemoration Katarzyna Kocik (the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), summarised almost seventy years of various institutions’ and individuals’ endeavours to promote the history of the camp. The text clearly shows that at least once every ten years, beginning from 1946, the memory was somehow revived and various institutions and individuals took up varied activities to commemorate the former camp. Most of those initiatives (except The Monument of the Victims of Nazism by Professor Witold Cęckiewicz) turned into a fiasco, and remained only on paper.

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