In Opole, the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War presents an outdoor exhibition Żołnierze Legionów i Polskiej Organizacji Wojskowej w służbie Polskiego Państwa Podziemnego i Armii Krajowej [Soldiers of the Polish Legions and the Polish Military Organization in the service of the Polish Underground State and the Home Army], prepared by the Home Army Museum in Kraków.
The exhibition presents eighteen figures of Legionnaires and the POW-members (Polish Military Organization), who in the years 1939-1945 were engaged in the structures of the Polish Underground State. Among them are Leopold Okulicki, Kazimierz Sosnkowski and Maria Wittek, the first woman in the history of the Polish Army who was appointed to the rank of General. The rich illustrative material and interesting biographical texts, prepared by experts in the subject, are an unquestionable advantage of this exhibition. The adopted method of presentation makes us learn the history of the Polish Legions primarily through the prism of an individual, his/her personal fate, which was inextricably linked with the deed of independence during World War I, and later with the struggle against the German and Soviet occupants. Among the participants of these struggles are also Warsaw insurgents, and among them those who, after the fall of the uprising, ended up in German captivity.
The exhibition boards are located in two places: the first part is in Jan Paweł II’s Square in Opole, and the second part in the courtyard of the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War at 3 Minorytów Street in Opole.
The exhibition Soldiers of the Polish Legions and the Polish Military Organization in the service of the Polish Underground State and the Home Army will be presented until 28 September.