More than two years ago, on 31 March 2020, by the decision of the European Commission, the Site of National Remembrance in Łambinowice and our Museum received the prestigious European Heritage Label. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony of its awarding, along with accompanying events, took place on 13-14 June. Our Museum was represented in Brussels by Dr. Anna Wickiewicz.
The European Heritage Label is given to sites which have a strong European symbolic value. They highlight the common history of Europe and building of the European Union as well as European values and human rights which underpin the process of European integration. So far, in whole Europe, the European Heritage Label has been awarded to 60 sites, out of which only 6 are in Poland. Before our memorial site and the Museum in Łambinowice, there label had been awarded to the Union of Lublin in Lublin, Gdansk Shipyard – the cradle of Solidarity movement, Constitution of 3 May in Warsaw, World War I Eastern Front Cemetery No. 123 Łużna-Pustki. Together with us, the label was given to the Wu/Wa estate in Wroclaw (alongside similar estates in other countries).
On Monday (13 June) a gala was held during which the site of National Remembrance in Łambinowice and the Museum were presented on film, while yesterday Dr. Anna Wickiewicz (Head of the Department of Education and Exhibitions) attended a panel discussion on ‘Dissonant Heritage and Traumatic History’, in which she talked about how the site of National Remembrance in Łambinowice has developed since joining the ZDE network. The panel was part of the forum ‘New Perspectives on European Cultural Heritage’ organised on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Heritage Label.