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Aftermath of War: Warsaw in Pictures
January 21, 2009   
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The 60 Years Ago in Warsaw: PAP Photographs 1947-1948 exhibition is open on Karowa Street until Feb. 15. The Polish capital is portrayed as it was in the aftermath of World War II through pictures from the archives of the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

The exhibition features around 170 photographs, grouped thematically and accompanied by short commentaries and extracts from newspapers and private journals. There are also newsreels, sound recordings and over 100 slides on display.

The names of the reporters and the descriptions of the photographs have unfortunately been lost.

"Most of the photographs are either significant documents of famous events or extraordinary situations or they are outstanding artistic achievements," says Anna Brzezińska-Skarżyńska from PAP. "The anonymous authors tell the story of the period and the people through their photographs. They do so with a great deal of sensitivity and, at times, humor and irony."

The photographs show Warsaw rebuilding itself. The first overcrowded trams resume service and people tramp through ruins or line up in front of reopened stores. The events that made the epoch are there as well. The creation of the communist youth organization Zwi±zek Młodzieży Polskiej (Union of Polish Youth) is shown, as is the joint congress of the Polish Workers' Party (PPR) and the Polish Socialist Party (PPS) which led to the formation of the Polish communist party (PZPR). The funeral of Polish primate Cardinal August Hlond shares wall space with the show trial of cavalry captain Witold Pilecki. Pilecki founded the Secret Polish Army, a wartime underground resistance organization, and was the only known person to volunteer to be imprisoned at the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. He did so to gather intelligence.

Nor is there a shortage of well-known public figures, including communist politicians Bolesław Bierut, Józef Cyrankiewicz and Jakub Berman, writers Julian Tuwim, Władysław Broniewski, Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, and actors Alicja Janowska and Tadeusz Fijewski.

The exhibition is being organized by Dom Spotkań z Histori± and PAP.

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Dom Spotkań z Histori±, 20 Karowa St., Warsaw, tel. (0 22) 826 51 95
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