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Arts & Remembrance

Exhibition: Music in Occupied Poland 1939-1945

Hosenfed/Szpilman Remembrance Prize

In January 2011 the Polish curator of the exhibition Dr. Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek was awarded the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Remembrance-Prize by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg/Germany for the exhibition "Music in Occupied Poland 1939-1945".


The exhibition was initiated and co-curated by Frank Harders-Wuthenow, music-publisher at Boosey & Hawkes, Berlin and member of the managing board of Room 28 e.V. 

A French version was first shown in 2008 during the EU-funded Festival Musiques Interdites in Marseille.

Hiring the Exhibition

In 2010 NPO  Room 28 e.V. realized a new German version with funds by the "Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin".

The exhibition consists of 42 panels designed by Karol Pereplys und Karol Laskowski from the Studio 27, Warsaw. It includes audio-and film-stations and lightening.

The size of the panels produced on a modern adjustable wall-system is 1 x 2 m.


The German version is avalibale over Room 28 e.V. and Frank Harders-Wuthenow.

The exhibition portrays the fate of Polish composers and musicians, sheds light on the musical scene all over places in Poland and reveals documents which were never known of and seen before.



The exhibition was first shown in in 2008, during the EU funded Festival Musiques Interdites in Marseille. A series of concerts with works of Polish composers and the world-premiere of Simon Lak's opera "L'Hirondelle Inattendu' were realized as part of the festival's program.


In 2010 the non-profit-organization Room 28 e.V. created a German version. It was opened on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto and the 200th anniversary of the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin in the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.


Exhibitions followed in various places, also during the Musical Festival in Bregenz.


Wladislav Szpilman

Wladislav Szpilman

One of the highlights of the programs around the exhibition was the soirée "The Pianist" hold in the Academy of Arts in December 2010. The actor Ulrich Matthes read from Wladislav Szpilman's autobiography and Mikhail Rudy pesented works by Chopin

and Wladislav Szpilman. A round-table discussion devoted to Polanski's film "The Pianist" preceeded the evening.

Media Echo

Katarzya Naliwajek-Mazurek has created an impressive testimony and has enriched the dialogue between Polish and German people by offering new perspectives on our common history.

Jan Brachmann,Frankfurter Alllgemeine Zeitung

The panels, fantastically designed, reveal a tremendously profound and precise research. You learn about the fate of numerous musicians, about their daily threat and how they survived and how they died. Film-documents and many examples of musical works give a a vivid impression of the intensity of the music, which gave them strength - music that we can rediscover today.

Elisabeth Richter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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