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Pawiak Prison Museum, Warsaw

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Muzeum Więzienia "Pawiak" is a museum in Warsaw, Poland, established in 1965. It shows the history of Pawiak Prison which was notably used during the German occupation between 1939 and 1944.HistoryPawiak Prison Museum was founded in 1965 on the initiative and with the participation of former Pawiak political prisoners. It was designed by architects Romuald Gutt and Mieczysław Mołdawa. The museum building was built in the foundations of the surviving underground casemates of the prison which was blown up by the Germans in August 1944. During the construction, items from the rubble, including object grilles, hinges, locks and fittings, documents, equipment and items used by the prisoners were recovered.Monuments important to Pawiak also include: a pillar represents a part of the entrance gate, the Monument Tree of Pawiak (which is bronze copy of the famous elm, witness to its history - on which the victims' families since 1945 have placed the epitaph plates), concrete wall of sandstone blocks surrounding the grounds of the Museum, with symbolic sculptures by Tadeusza Łodziany and Stanisława Słoniny, as well a monument within the old prison courtyard: an obelisk by Zofii Pociłowskiej.In a reconstructed courtyard there are marble plaques at specific points and an entrance going down to the morgue from the street.On the other side of the avenue now named for John Paul II, crossing the former prison's grounds, is the site of the women's prison Serbia, where there is a plate commemorating the bravery and suffering of its prisoners.Since 1990, the Museum of Pawiak Prison, together with the Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom is a branch of the Museum of Independence in Warsaw.
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  • This was an interesting find, and well worth the visit. It was very poignant but a little disappointing as not all of the information is translated into English. Nevertheless, I'd definitely recommend...  more »
  • The thing that remains in memory is undoubtedly the bronze tree just outside the prison-Museum in which are attached the names of many who were imprisoned, tortured and sometimes killed. Then a short staircase down into the museum itself: not great but definitely creepy. Complete in a very harsh (if ever proof were needed) the visit to the Jewish ghetto.
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  • The history of the Museum is evidenced clearly from 1830 to 1944 and then to this day. Today only the basement Vault is to visit because the Nazis blew up in 1944 and everything else. However interesting and worth seeing. Thursday free admission.
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  • Places like this are important to remember the terrible suffering that Polish people endured during WW2. Good museum with the original bits that are left. Sombre and humbling experience to visit some of my history.
  • Warto zobaczyć. Polecam! Mimo niewielkiego rozmiaru, wiedza oraz doznania olbrzymie. Pełen profesjonalizm
  • Interesting museum
  • Interesting place
  • Must see museum.