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Polish-English album "New Start. Warsaw 1945-1955"

The Polish-English album that accompanied the “New Start. Warsaw 1945-1955” exhibition can be purchased at our bookstore at 20 Karowa Street. At the exhibition we present photographs of Warsaw of the first post-war decade courtesy of the archives of the Polish Press Agency (PAP). The authors are the most prominent Polish photojournalists. We present pictures never before available to the public as well as those that have already become the Warsaw icons. The exhibition is the third in the series […]
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Konrad Brandel (1838-1920)

A new album of Danuta Jackiewicz comes as the third in the publishing series of the History Meeting House and the National Museum in Warsaw, bringing back the 19th century Warsaw in the photographs of the masters of the cam-era lens. The previous volumes presented pictures taken by Karol Beyer, the first Polish prominent professional photographer, and Maksymilian Fajans, an equally esteemed master of photography. The main figure in the next volume is on a par with his great predecessors. […]
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The Great War in the East (1914-1918). From the Baltic to the Carpathian Mountains

We invite you to our bookshop to discover a new bilingual Polish-English album by Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski and Danuta Błahut-Biegańska.The book recalls the events taking place in the second largest theater of war in Europe during the First World War – the Eastern Front. The First World War is mostly associated with the Western Front.The massacres at Ypres and Verdun and the battles of the Marne, Somme and Aisne set aside the warfare on the Eastern Front.Those events have been […]
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Karol Beyer (1818–1877)

A new DSH and National Museum album entitled ‘Karol Beyer 1818-1877’ is now available in the 20th Century Bookshop. The book was accompanied by an open-air exhibition. The album features works by Warsaw’s first professional photographer, founder of the art of professional photography in Poland. In 1845, Karol Beyer set up the first permanent studio in Warsaw and began to practice this new profession which he saw as having both a cultural and social mission. His photographic studio was not […]
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Maksymilian Fajans (1825-1890)

The album contains several dozen photographs taken by Maksymilian Fajans, including the views of Warsaw of the 1860s and 1870s and pictures documenting the life of the city (among others the opening ceremony of Kierbedź’s bridge, the interior of famous Lourse’s pattiserie at the European Hotel, photo coverage of the industrial and agricultural exposition in Warsaw), portraits of famous residents and personages visiting Warsaw, in those days the capital city of the Kingdom of Poland, prepared in the artist’s studio. […]
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Dream of a City

We would like to invite you to visit our bookstore, where you can purchase a Polish-English album containing photos by Zbyszko Siemaszko, an outstanding artist and documentalist. The album accompanies an exhibition open to the public in the open-air gallery of the History Meeting House at the intersection of Karowa and Krakowskie Przedmieście Streets. More about the photographs and their author at {link}.
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1989. The Final Courtain

  English language edition. This publication accompanies the Switch-off the system events, prepared by DSH to mark the 20th anniversary of the elections held on 4th June 1989. The brochure gives a direct and eye-catching account of the political changes taking place in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989. In the form of a calendar of events, richly illustrated with photographs, posters and leaflets, the publication is further enhanced with extracts from personal accounts, press cuttings, documents, speeches and other […]
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Martial Law. Communism’s Last Stand

English language edition. This album is part of a series of publications dealing with key events in contemporary Polish history, recounted in words and pictures .People and events speak for themselves; they are accompanied by a dynamic collage of  various source texts (accounts, letters, press cuttings, announcements, resolutions, literary works),  and an imaginative, wide-ranging iconography (photographs, posters, leaflets).  This presentation of everyday life makes the publication attractive and easy to assimilate. The book opens with accounts dating from 12 December […]
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A Carnival under Sentence. Solidarność 1980-81

English language edition. This album is part of a series of publications dealing with key events in contemporary Polish history, recounted in words and pictures.  People and events speak for themselves; they are accompanied by a dynamic collage of various source texts (accounts, letters, press cuttings, announcements, resolutions, literary works), and an imaginative, wide-ranging iconography (photographs, posters, leaflets).  This presentation of everyday life makes the publication attractive and easy to assimilate. A Carnival under Sentence is the tale of August […]
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The Road to Solidarity. 1975-1980.

The story begins with a reminder of the protests against changes to the Constitution in 1975 and 1976 (The Memorandum of the 59 Intellectuals), the appearance of successive opposition movements (KOR, WZZ, ROPCiO) and the development of the underground press and publications – all set against the official view of life in the Polish People’s Republic (Party Congresses, the ‘propaganda of success’, and also – the greyness of everyday life in ever-worsening economic conditions at the end of Gierek’s decade […]
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The Theatre of the Eighth Day

Dual language edition – Polish and English. This photo album is the first to document the entire history of the Theatre of the Eighth Day. The Theatre of the Eighth Day is unique. It has been going strong for 45 years now and, although it has an almost legendary status as the foremost post-war avantgarde Polish theatre, it is also a live form provoking enormous emotions, yet a stage which cannot by any means be described as monumental. The album […]
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The Shrines of Warsaw

English language edition. This book received an honorary award from the Association of History Devotees for the best book on the history of Warsaw in 2008/2009. The album features shrines from Warsaw’s courtyards. The capital’s shrines are a unique phenomenon. They stand in tenement courtyards, hang from gateways or in the stairwells of buildings which survived the ravages of war.  For years they went unnoticed, today they are the object of increasing interest. And yet many of them are threatened […]
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The City on Glass Negatives. Warsaw 1916 in Willy Römer’s Photographs

Dual language publication – text in Polish and in English. The photo-album The City on Glass Negatives is a collection of over 60 photographs by Willy Römer, never previously published in Poland. They reveal the city of Warsaw and its surrounding areas in 1916. This is a remarkable album, not only because of its author – the renowned Berlin press photographer of the days of the Weimar Republic – but also because it presents a picture of Warsaw and its […]
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Building a new home. The reconstruction of Warsaw in the period 1945-1952

Written by Jerzy S. Majewski and Tomasz Markiewicz – renowned experts on the history of Warsaw – this book has been based on an exhibition presented in DSH under the same title. The authors explain why the rebuilding of Warsaw was such a complicated process, what lay behind the individual solutions which were to decide the shape of today’s city and why – despite the many controversial decisions – it is impossible to deliver an unequivocal judgement. Jerzy S. Majewski […]
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John Vachon. Three Times in Poland

The album presents the selection of photographs taken by John Vachon, a photographer who paid three visits to Poland (in 1946, 1956 and 1963) and took pictures of the country and its people. During his first visit, by order of the government of the United States of America, he documented the support offered to Poland after World War II within the framework of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). The pictures of 1956, taken at the request of […]
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