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Exhibition

Wojciech Korfanty was one of the most important politicians in the modern history of Poland and one of the architects of its independence. He was a colourful, multifaceted and ambiguous figure. As an avowed patriot and advocate of social solidarity, he believed that the reborn Poland could be saved by Christian values. He remained faithful to his ideals until his death. The marginalisation of his achievements, initiated by the Piłsudski camp, was also continued after the end of World War II. There was no place for Korfanty in the new political regime, and his merits came to be appreciated only in the historiography that was free of politicisation.

Wojciech Korfanty became famous for his speech in the Berlin Reichstag, in which he demanded that all the lands of the Prussian Partition, including a part of Opole region, should be incorporated into the territory of Poland. He was responsible for the success of the Wielkopolska Uprising and the co-organiser of insurgent military formations, which also became famous for their fight for the eastern borders of the Republic of Poland. He was a charismatic politician, the leader of the Third Silesian Uprising, the leader of Christian Democracy, an opponent of Silesian separatism, and a Polish statesman.

The idea behind the exhibition located in the outdoor gallery of the Royal Łazienki Museum is to present Wojciech Korfanty’s biography in a synthetic and problematized way. An integral part of the exhibition is a website that expands on the topics by providing additional historical context, unique iconography, and bibliography. It should be noted at this point that the topic was explored in 2009 by the State Archives in Katowice, in cooperation with Professor Ryszard Kaczmarek, in the form of the exhibition entitled ‘Wojciech Korfanty, Co-Creator of the Second Polish Republic’, presented in the Polish Senate in Warsaw.

(http://www.katowice.ap.gov.pl/art,63,wojciech-korfanty-wspoltworca-ii-rzeczypospolitej)

The current project was prepared by the Muzeum Śląskie in cooperation with Dr. Miłosz Skrzypek, the State Archives in Katowice, the Institute of National Remembrance – Branch in Katowice, the National Digital Archives, in partnership with the Museum of the History of Katowice, and the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw. The aim of the project is to present the history of this unique politician – a Silesian, Polish and European citizen – whose fate was intertwined with the restoration of the Polish statehood.

The project entitled ‘Wojciech Korfanty’ was implemented as part of ‘Niepodległa’ celebrations and in relation to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Silesian Uprisings.