Temporary Exhibition

‘Between Life and Death. Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust’ 4 June 2019 - 31 July 2019

What was the daily experience of Jews hiding from the Nazi German machine of extermination and those who brought them help sometimes even risking their lives?

The travelling exhibition ‘Between Life and Death. Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust’, which highlights the complexity of human relations under these extreme conditions, will be on view at Museum of Poles Saving Jews in Markowa between 4 June and 31 July. The display showcases individual accounts of the Holocaust survivors along with those of the rescuers from ten different European countries.

Markowa is the sixth stop on the display’s tour around Europe, after Brussels, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Vilnius and Wrocław.

The initiative is a joint project of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and Silent Heroes Memorial Center.


04 June – 31 July

Temporary Exhibition

Passports 18 May 2019 - 31 May 2019

Exhibition “Passports”

carried out by the Pilecki Institute in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Bern

tells the stories of just diplomats saving Polish Jews and about the reaction of the underground state and government in exile to the crimes of the Holocaust.

The purpose of the exhibition is to present the role of the Polish government in exile and the Polish Underground State in informing the world about the extermination of Jews and actions taken to save them. The exhibition was organized in connection with research conducted by the Pilecki Institute in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Switzerland. So far, based on research, a list of 710 names of Jews has been published, including 115 survivors from the Holocaust, who as a result of the efforts of the so-called Berne Group had the passports of Haiti and Honduras. The exhibition presents in detail the activities of the Berne Group and its main operators, including Chaim Eiss and Aleksandra Ładoś.


The Berne Group was an informal form of cooperation between Polish diplomats from the Polish mission in Bern and the representatives of Jewish organizations to save European Jews. Under the leadership of Ambassador Alexander Ładoś, the group provided false South American passports to Paraguay, El Salvador, Bolivia, Peru, Haiti and Honduras and other countries. Such passports protected their owners from deportation to extermination camps in Poland occupied by the Third Reich. According to various estimates, a total of about 4,000 documents were issued. The number of survivors remains unknown.


The most valuable objects from the Eiss archive are presented in showcases: passports, bills, correspondence between Chaim Eiss and Polish diplomats. There are also letters between Jews in ghettos and Silberschein, who was one of the intermediaries between Polish Jews and a diplomatic mission. Visitors will be able to view documents, including in the form of reprints.


A special multimedia presentation gives you the opportunity to view over one hundred unusual portraits from the Eiss archive. These are photographs of Polish Jews created to prepare passport documents that were to enable them escape and save their lives.


The motto of the entire exhibition is a poem by a Polish Jew, poet and chronicler of the Warsaw Ghetto ,murdered in 1943 by Władysław Szlengel “Passports”:


I would like to have a Paraguayan passport

rich and free is this country

ah, how nice to be a subject

of the country called Paraguay.


I would like to have a Uruguayan passport

have Costa Rica, Paraguay,

in order to live peacefully in Warsaw,

however, this is the most beautiful country.

Organizer: The Pilecki Institute in Warsaw: www.instytutpilecki
Cooperation: the Polish Embassy in Switzerland


Hanna Radziejowska,

Director of the Pilecki Institute Wojciech Kozłowski,

Ambassador dr. Jakub Kumoch, Joanna Kumoch, Jędrzej Uszyński

Project: Zespół Wespół
Realisation: Trik- Trak
Sound installation: Patryk Zakrocki

Temporary Exhibition

“Spectacle of one work” Arkadiusz Andrejkow 30 January 2019 - 20 March 2019

Until March 20, in the temporary exhibition room, the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II in Markowa can watch the latest exhibition under the slogan “Spectacle of one work” by Sanok’s artist Arkadiusz Andrejkow. The painting was made last year, and the nature of his work is a spray on the school map.

The painting is inspired by a photograph taken by Józef Ulma in 1923. It shows the parents of Józef: Marcin and Franciszka Kluz, his sister Maria and brothers Antoni and Władysław. The basis for the painting is an school map from Slovakia, which, thanks to its wear and, in part, withdrawal from use, has become the ideal canva for the modifing of old family photography. Worned out map took on the burden of a second life.

Temporary Exhibition

This is how independence came about 31 October 2018 - 2 January 2019

From October 31, 2018 to January 2, 2019, a temporary exhibition devoted to the process of regaining independence by Poland and the achievements of the Second Polish Republic will be presented at the Museum of Poles Saving Jews in Markowa.


The exhibition was initiated by the Office of the "Independent" Program, the authors of the boards are dr Sebastian Adamkiewicz (museum specialist and assistant professor in the historical department of the Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź) and Anna Bińkowska (Office of the “Independent” Program), while the historical consultant is prof. UR dr hab. Paweł Grata.


Temporary Exhibition

” I WILL FEAR NO EVIL…” 3 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

Exhibition presented at the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews during World War II from 03. 07 to 30. 09. 2018.

The presentation, outlining the general historical context, presents attitudes and individual stories of Poles’ involvement in rescuing Jewish fellow citizens in the former Kieleckie province.

The study consists of: photographs, documents, written reports. They reveal the silhouettes of the inhabitants of Kielce, who weren’t indifferent to the fate of those sentenced to the Holocaust. The heroes were both soldiers from partisan units, who not only saved Jews, but also supported the people who helped them, and clergy, who gave shelter to Jewish children in shelters and orphanages by issuing baptismal certificates, thanks to which Jews could apply for “Aryan documents”. Finally, they were also ordinary citizens of villages and towns. Often the stories of help ended tragically both for the Rescued and for the Rescued. However, many of them luckily survived the end of the war in order to be able to testify to the tragedy of those years.

27 September 2018 a final meeting will be held with the authors of the exhibition and invited guests.

Author of the exhibition: Ewa Kołomańska / Mausoleum of Polish Village Martyrdom in Michniów, artwork: Grzegorz Chorążek / Museum of Kielce Village

Temporary Exhibition

Risking their lives – Poles saving Jews during the Holocaust 3 March 2018 - 14 May 2018

The exhibition “Risking their lives – Poles saving Jews during the Holocaust” consists of 18 boards presenting the stories of Poles who, risking their lives and their families, helped the persecuted Jews. In German-occupied Poland, unlike in Western Europe, helping Jews was punishable by death. After the war, some of the rescuers were honored by the State of Israel with the title of Righteous Among the Nations. At the exhibition, the lives of the saved are shown in the historical context of occupied Poland. The circumstances and scale of the assistance provided is explained, as well as the motivations of the Righteous.

The exhibition was prepared by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Admission based on a ticket to the Museum (PLN 5 / PLN 2).

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