Prayer of Peace concert – report

On the 84th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, once again, a special event took place at the St Mary Magdalene Church in Łambinowice. It was organised by our Museum alongside the Institute of National Remembrance and the Parish of Łambinowice.

The idea of the Prayer of Peace was born at the Museum in 2019 and has been growing steadily ever since, still increasing the number of people who thanks to this artistic initiative can learnt about and relive the history of the Łambinowice memorial and the fate of the Lamsdorf prisoners-of-war.

This year’s concert was conducted by Dr. Adam Tański, who employs less often used today modern music instrument – the organ, masterfully accompanied the vocalists: Dorota Stefaniak, Justyna Jabłonowska, Maja Pałys, Agata Sierańska, Patryk Dopke, Filip Cieszyński and Szymon Chyliński in the performance of works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Stanisław Moniuszko, Witold Lutosławski, Gabriel Fauré and Norbert Blacha. The words of prisoners-of-war were enacted poignantly by Leszek Zduń – individual music pieces were accompanied by fragments from the accounts and memories of those held in the Lamsdorf camps. The message was complemented by multimedia visualisation prepared by Marcin Bareja. It consisted of archival and contemporary photographs selected by the Museum workers from the collections of the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War and the Warsaw Rising Museum.

The artistic part of the event was preceded by short speeches by: Parish Priest Adam Ciosmak, who welcomed the guests, the event’s initiator, Director Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska, who brought closer the concert’s idea to the guests, and Director Krystian Iwanow, who presented the performers and songs.

We would like to thank everyone for their participation in the Prayer of Peace Concert. We trust that our initiative will find your interest in the future.

Photos by S. Dubiel/CMJW

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