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Polish gov't to pay zł.360 million for World War II museum

5th January 2011
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The government announced on Tuesday that it would set aside almost zł.360 million from the budget to pay for the new World War II Museum in Gdańsk.

The future museum's director, professor Paweł Machcewicz told PAP that he estimated the cost of the construction work alone would come to zł.30 million.

“Our neighbors devote huge resources to promoting their vision of 20th century history,” said Mr Machcewicz.

“Poland also has to take part in the European discussion of 20th century history, including World War II. This is a duty for a large European country, and narrative museums play a key role in such discussions. The Holocaust museum in Washington is such an example. It is difficult to talk about the Holocaust without reference to it.”

The museum is due to open in 2014 to mark the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.

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