Jew, Pole, Legionary 1914-1920

fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

The exhibition depicts life stories, attitudes and work of Jewish members of the Piłsudski’s Polish Legions as well as history of Jewish civilians residing on the Polish territories occupied by various enemy countries. The exhibition sheds light on complex Polish-Jewish relations at the time of Poland regaining its independence: during the First World War, battling for the Polish borders and the Polish-Bolshevik war in 1920.

The exposition consists of sculptures, paintings and graphic art as well as examples of artwork at the service of war and military propaganda – posters, proclamations, postcards and projections of films propagating Polish military action. It also comprises little-known images of German and Austrian war photographers, commemorative legionary rings and an original uniform.

Leopold Gottlieb, one of the most interesting Polish-Jewish artists in the first decades of the 20th century as well as a soldier of the First Brigade, is one of the exhibition protagonists. While both on the front line and at its rear, he produced several hundreds of drawings depicting Legions’ commanders (including several portraits of the brigadier Piłsudski) and his comrades in arms. Gottlieb also documented scenes of legionary life.

  • The exhibition is open from 25 July until 3 October
  • Open daily, except for Tuesdays, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Tickets: 12 PLN full price, 8 PLN reduced