Europe in the Family. The Polish Landed Gentry in the 20th Century

 
       
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Europe in the Family
The Polish Landed Gentry in the 20th Century



July 3August 2, 2015
The Kubicki Arcades (southern part)



 
Witold Lutosławski, Józef Czapski, Witold Gombrowicz and cpt. Witold Pilecki are famous figures in the 20th century history of Poland and Europe. What do these, so different, figures have in common? The four men came from landed gentry families, whose lifestyle was based on specific traditional values. “Noble birth means, first and foremost, having more duties, not only privileges” – wrote Wincenty Lutosławski in 1939. The landed gentry played a role of local social leaders.

The exhibition also talks about the destruction of this social group during 1939–1945 by the Nazi and the Soviet totalitarianism, its dispossession by the communist regime, and the dispersion of Polish landed gentry families all over the world. The authors wish to paint a collective portrait of the milieu and tell stories of the individual families to let all visitors reflect on the loss suffered with the liquidation of this social stratum.
 

Organizers:

Office of Public Education of the Institute of National Remembrance Branch in Poznań
Office of Public Education of the Institute of National Remembrance Branch in Warsaw
Polish Landed Gentry Association
The Royal Castle in Warsaw – Museum

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sudnay: 11.00 a.m.8 p.m.

(last entry – an hour before closing)