Our History

The idea behind our activities

The Museum presents the centuries- old history of the land of Oświęcim through the eyes of the fate of its residents as it takes into account the ethic and cultural diversity on which the local identity was built. A key element of the narrative is the presentation of the tragic situation of the local population who, at the outbreak of World War II, found themselves living in the proximity of the German death camp KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. A crucial element of the local history in the context of the plan of extermination which was being carried out is the aid given to prisoners by inhabitants of the land of Oświęcim and the Polish Resistance Movement under the terror of the occupation.

The photographs found on the Museum’s website come from the following collections: Mirosław Ganobis, Łukasz Szymań as well as from The State Archive in Katowice, branch in Bielsko-Biała.

The Museum is an independent cultural entity co-run by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Oświęcim County.