We shall remember / Emlékeinkben exhibition
The “We shall remember/Emlékeinkben” exhibition was dedicated to Andrzej Przewoźnik, the long-term head of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites, who died tragically in the Smolensk catastrophe. It was initiated by Dr. Tibor Navracsics, the Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice.
The exhibition was initially showed in the House of Terror in Budapest. Afterwards, it visited several Polish cities, including:
Warsaw (History Meeting House; 4 Oct – 11 Nov 2012),
Białystok (Białystok University Library, 26 Mar – 25 Apr 2013),
Gdańsk (Centrum Św. Jana, 5 – 28 Jun 2013),
Wrocław (Garrison Church of St. Elizabeth; 3 – 31 Jul 2013),
Kraków (Historical Museum of the City of Krakow; 5 Aug – 1 Sept 2013),
Poznań (Adam Mickiewicz University, 14 Oct – 12 Nov 2013),
Katowice (the Chamber of Memory of the Mine ‘Wujek’; 2 Dec 2013 – 17 Jan 2014).
Andrzej Przewoźnik was a historian, the long term Secretary General of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites, who died tragically in the Smolensk catastrophe. He had earned himself the reputation of a guardian of remembrance and truth, as the organiser of the Katyń Massacre commemorations, creator of Polish war cemeteries in Katyń, Charków and Miednoje, a member of the Museum Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim-Brzezinka and the Museum of Independence in Warsaw. He is known for standing above party-political divisions and and disputes. Mr. Przewoźnik was one of the founders of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. A great friend of Hungary, an expert on its history and culture, he was awarded the Officer's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
Letter by Dr Tibor Navracsics
The sentence saying that there are no people who cannot be replaced becomes irrelevant when applied to the late Andrzej Przewoźnik. He is irreplaceable. The historian who died a tragic death is a hero of both Poland and Hungary. Poland can be proud to have had him as a son of the Polish nation while Hungary as our friend. When in 2011 my ministry launched a series of projects entitled “Polish-Hungarian Cooperation”, it was obvious to us that they should be a context for the proper commemoration of the late Andrzej Przewoźnik. That is why we have initiated and created the exhibition together with the Terror House Museum (Terror Háza). We wanted to make as many Hungarians as possible learn about his activity and appreciate it. Thanks to the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity the exhibition can be seen by his compatriots but maybe not only. It is worth remembering that Andrzej Przewoźnik’s interest in Hungary is linked to his scholarly master Professor Wacław Felczak, a historian from the Jagiellonian University. It was he who turned Przewoźnik’s attention to Hungary. Wacław Felczak, a Polish state bursary holder at Kolegium Eötvös in Budapest in the 1938-1939 academic year, fled to Hungary in 1940 as ordered by the Home Army, to become deputy commander of the seat of Polish couriers in Budapest. He played an important part in maintaining contacts between London and Warsaw and after the war he was given a life sentence. Wacław Felczak played a vital role in the formation of the Hungarian democratic opposition which led to the fall of the communist regime in Hungary. Andrzej Przewoźnik would on many occasions mention the legendary Felczak and following in his footsteps he also became a great friend of and an expert in Hungarian history and culture. He received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. Although we had many common plans disrupted by the plane crash in Smolensk, I am convinced that continuing to further the friendship between our countries, also by engaging in joint projects, is the best way to commemorate the work of Andrzej Przewoźnik. We owe it to him.
Dr Tibor Navracsics Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Administration and Justice