Fencing and skips at the building known as the Lagerhaus are an obvious sign of yet another important moment in the history of the Remembrance Museum whose aim is to commemorate the inhabitants of the Land of Oświęcim who rendered aid to KL Auschwitz prisoners.
Construction works include the renovation, alteration and extension and adaptation of the former storage building called the Lagerhaus into the Remembrance Museum as well as accompanying infrastructure.
Builders have put up a fence around the building and skips have been placed close by. Workers have begun taking down the temporary supporting structures of the building which has not been used for many years. On Tuesday, the sound of hammers could be heard from far away with which workers removed the boards which had been protecting the windows.
As Remembrance Museum director Dorota Mleczko says, “This is an important moment for our Museum as the building design and project stage which lasted many months and was as intensive as it was necessary has been completed. The stage was completed with the permission to build being granted and the tender for the construction work. From today what was a design will now be physically carried out and obvious to the passer-by. We must remember that design works for the permanent exhibition are still in progress. It will be constructed after the building works are completed.”
The adaptation of the building for the needs of the Remembrance Museum will be carried out by Oświęcim firm Arco System ltd. The building is located approx. 200m from the former Nazi German camp KL Auschwitz. The Museum is expected to begin its activities on its new site early 2022.
Just as a reminder, the Remembrance Museum aims to commemorate the century-old history of the Land of Oświęcim from the perspective of its inhabitants while focusing on the ethnic and cultural diversity which made up local identity. A key part of the narrative is the presentation of the tragic situation of the local population after the outbreak of WWII who found themselves living in the shadow of the Nazi German camp Auschwitz. The exhibition will focus on the aid rendered to prisoners by local inhabitants of the Land of Oświęcim and the Polish resistance movement operating under the shadow of terror and extermination plans.
Work has begun to renovate the building on Kolbego street in Oświęcim which will house the HQ of the Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents.