The exterminated formation... Invitation to the opening

On Monday, 6 March at 1 p.m., will take place the opening of the temporary exhibition "Zgładzona formacja. Policja Województwa Śląskiego 1922–1939” [The exterminated formation. The Police Force of the Silesian Voivodship 1922-1939]. You are invited to the event by Dr. Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska, Director of the Museum, and the Provincial Police Commander in Opole, Chief Superintendent Rafał Kochańczyk.

The exhibition depicts the Police of the Silesian Voivodeship as one of the most important manifestation of this region's autonomy in the Second Polish Republic. The origin of this Police Force, everyday tasks and the off-duty life of its officers, but also their physical extermination – which came along with the aggression of Germany and the USSR against Poland in 1939, as a result of which, at the hands of both invaders, almost 80% of them died.

The exhibition, prepared by the Institute of National Remembrance in Katowice and the Museum in Tarnowskie Góry, presents not only memorabilia from the collections of our Museum, but also valuable exhibits collected in the Chamber of Remembrance at the KWP [Provincial Police Headquarters]. The time of presentation of this exhibition is not coincidental, as 83 years ago, on 5 March, the highest authorities of the USSR passed a death sentence on some 22,000 Polish prisoners-of-war and persons, including the Silesian policemen, held by the NKVD.

The exhibition will be on display in the Opole seat of the Museum until 5 May 2023.

You are cordially welcome to see it!

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