About the Museum

The KL Plaszow Memorial Museum in Kraków, which is dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of the Plazow German Nazi Labour Camp and Concentration Camp (1942–1945), started  its operations on 1st January 2021 in line with a resolution adopted by the Kraków City Council. It is managed by the Kraków Museum.

The KL Plaszow Museum is established to preserve and manage the area of the former German Nazi concentration camp in Plaszow, operated in 1942–1945. According to estimates, about 35 thousand prisoners were detained in the camp: Jews, Poles and other nationals. 5–6 thousand people were killed in the camp.

The Museum performs research and educational tasks aimed to commemorate the history of KL Plaszow and its victims. The institution manages the former camp area entered in the list of protected heritage monuments, and an historical building known as the Grey House. A plot of land adjacent to the former camp area is designated for the Memorial construction. Both the Grey House and the Memorial will host permanent exhibitions illustrating the history of the camp.

The end of investment of the KL Plaszow Museum is scheduled for late 2025.

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Investments

Investments

The investment task named “Museum – KL Plaszow Memorial Site” is financed from funds provided by the Municipality of Kraków and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The Museum project carried out in the memorial site aims to commemorate the prisoners and victims of KL Plaszow, give an account of their lives, and preserve the post-camp area. Establishing an institutional manager, organizing the area, constructing an exhibition building – the Memorial – all these goals are dictated by the need to broaden knowledge of the German Nazi concentration and forced labour camp operated in Kraków during World War II.

The Museum – KL Plaszow Memorial Site will consist of the post-camp area, the Grey House, the KL Plaszow Memorial and the Audio Monument of KL Plaszow. Additionally, sightseeing trails will be arranged in the former camp area and two permanent exhibitions displayed: in a new building (the Memorial) and in the historic Grey House. Currently, construction works are being carried out in the Grey House to complete moisture-control insulation of its foundation and repair the existing perimeter drainage system. Building, conservatory and archaeological supervisory authorities monitor the works.

Visualisations: designs of the KL Plaszow Museum

The Museum – KL Plaszow Memorial Site in Krakow. The German Nazi Labour and Concentration Camp (1942–1945) (in organization) has completed work on selected detailed and building designs created as part of the investment task “Museum – KL Plaszow Memorial Site”. The designs present the Grey House, the area of former KL Plaszow and the Memorial. The investment task named “Museum – KL Plaszow Memorial Site” is financed from funds provided by Municipality of Kraków and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

The building design created by Grupa Projektowa GPP Sp. z o.o. was used to complete detailed designs for the Memorial (author: BBC Best Building Consultants sp. z o.o.) and the area of former KL Plaszow (author: Grupa Projektowa GPP Sp. z o.o. Borysław Czarakcziew and Sławomir Kogut). A building design was also created for the Grey House (author: Biuro Projektów Piotr Wolarek).

Visualisations of these designs were displayed on 25 January 2023 in the Podgórze Museum.

More information at: https://plaszow.org/en/new/visualisations-designs-of-the-kl-plaszow-museum.

Project schedule

2021

1 January 2021

KL Plaszow Museum established.

1 March 2021

The Museum is co-managed by Kraków Municipality and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

June 2021

The procedure was completed for the Museum to take possession of real properties owned by Kraków Municipality (for 10 years), the State Treasury (30 years) and Jewish Religious Community in Kraków (30 years). From that moment on, the KLPM has supervised the post-camp area. The area is kept clean. Green space is maintained.

Having these matters regulated, the Museum proceeded to implementing its project according to a Commemoration scenario created in 2017 and a building design modified in 2018 following the scenario.

The Museum has entered into an agreement with the Municipal Project Management of Kraków that is to provide consultancy throughout the project completion process.

Documents were also drawn as necessary to announce in December 2021 a contract notice for design covering the adaptation of the Grey House at Jerozolimska street for the purposes of KL Plaszow Museum.

August – December 2021

The Municipal Project Management, following the decision made by the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection, fell trees in plot of land no. 117/3, preparing the area for development work. 275 trees covered by the permit and 250 other non-protected trees and bushes were removed. 20 trees were replanted. The Municipal Green Space Management planted 295 trees in the adjacent plots of land.

A map for project purposes was drawn in 2021. Designs for protection of the Grey House foundations were also created.

2022

Spring of 2022

Securing manholes in the post-camp area.

Building designs were created for the Grey House and detailed designs for the post-camp area and Memorial.

The roof and gutter of the Grey House were repaired to protect the building against the adverse effect of water.

July – December 2022

Construction works continued on the Grey House foundations; a historic building located in the area of former German Nazi concentration camp Plaszow. The project was aimed to complete vertical and horizontal moisture-control insulation. As a result, humidity in the building basement is greatly reduced. All works were monitored by building, conservatory and archaeological supervisory authorities. The KL Plaszow Museum would like to express its thanks for great work to Midpol-Investment A. Ghiuri and the entire team involved in repair tasks.

The KL Plaszow Museum obtained building permit covering the Grey House.

December 2022

Awards were granted in the contest for the arrangement of the permanent exhibition in the Museum  KL Plaszow Memorial Site in Kraków. The German Nazi Labour and Concentration Camp (1942–1945) (in organization) met on 8 December 2022. The contest committee concluded that the best design was proposed by Koza Nostra studio from Kraków, who were awarded the first prize amounting to PLN 20 thousand.

More information at: https://plaszow.org/en/new/prizes-in-the-contest-for-the-arrangement-of-the-exhibition.

At the turn of 2022 and 2023, the Museum announced a contract notice for the construction of Memorial.

2023

May 2023

The interior cleaning of the Grey House at 3 Jerusalem Street was carried out.

2 June 2023

A contract was signed between the Plaszow KL Museum in Krakow and RE-Bau sp. z o.o. for the development of the site of the former German Nazi concentration camp Plaszow.

14 June 2023

Handover of the construction site to the contractor, RE-Bau sp. z o.o.

July/August 2023

Building works are begun in the area of former camp Plaszow.

September/October 2023

Commencement of work on marking the boundaries of the Jewish cemeteries located within the grounds of the KL Plaszow Memorial.

Work on replacing the surface of roads and paths on the grounds of the KL Plaszow Memorial.

Commencement and completion of repairs to the floor around the Monument to the Victims of Fascism. Project co-financed by the National Fund for the Revitalisation of Krakow's Historical Monuments.

December 2023

Completion of the restoration of the floor of the Monument to the Victims of Fascism and the laying of the Jewish cemetery borders. The assembly square has received a new banding. Appearance of archaeological windows, pylons for the outdoor exhibition and rules and regulations, field points, structures for models, field stairs and so-called small architecture - benches and waste bins.

Work is underway on laying asphalt on the road near the Monument to the Victims of Fascism, the surface of the paths and Abrahama Street, which remains closed to pedestrian use.

2024

February 2024

Completion of construction and renovation work on the site of the former Plaszow camp. The site is once again open to the public in its entirety.

15 March 2024

Official opening of the open-air exhibition of the KL Plaszow Museum - "KL Plaszow. A Site After, A Site Without".

2025

All construction works to be completed.

The area of KL Plaszow

Building and detailed design by:
GPP Grupa Projektowa Sp. z o.o.
al. Juliusza Słowackiego 4/4, Kraków
Representatives: Borysław Czarakcziew, Sławomir Kogut
The period from September to November 2023 will see work on marking the boundaries of the Jewish cemeteries located on the grounds of the KL Plaszow Memorial.

In September 2023, the renovation of the floor around the Monument to the Victims of German Fascism was completed. The project is co-financed by the National Fund for the Revitalisation of Krakow's Monuments.
The renovation of the floor of the Monument to the Victims of German Fascism and the laying of the perimeter of the Jewish cemeteries were completed in December 2023. The parade ground received a new, clearer banding. Archaeological windows, pylons for the open-air exhibition and rules and regulations, field points, constructions for mock-ups, field stairs and so-called small architecture - benches and waste bins - have also appeared in the area.
In February 2024, the construction and renovation work on the site of the former Plaszow camp, which had been underway since June 2023, came to an end. The site is once again open to the public in its entirety.

The works carried out on the site were intended to highlight the historical heritage of the site and were carried out while preserving the authenticity of the space. They concerned several main areas: demarcating the boundary of the memorial site and marking the main entrances to the site, repairing the surface of roads and paths, marking the boundaries of the Jewish cemeteries and the roll call square and setting up an outdoor exhibition.
On 15 March, at 11.00 a.m., a ceremony was held to open the Museum of KL Plaszow - the open-air exhibition "KL Plaszow. A Site After, A Site Without". The exhibition is the most important carrier of the history of KL Plaszow, available to anyone who decides to visit the memorial site.

The exhibition is part of the work carried out in the post-camp area, the aim of which was to highlight and describe the surviving traces of the site's past: Jewish cemeteries, roads and paths, relics of camp buildings. It was the intention of the Plaszow Concentration Camp Museum to leave the site of the former camp as unaltered and authentic as possible.

The Grey House


Building design created by:
Biuro Projektów Piotr Wolarek
12 Świętokrzyska street, Kraków
Representative: Piotr Wolarek

In December 2022, construction works were completed on the Grey House foundations, a historic building located in the area of former German Nazi concentration camp Plaszow.
On 22 May 2023, we cleaned up the rooms inside the Grey House located at 3 Jerozolimska street. The building is to be adapted for museum purposes. A permanent exhibition will be arranged on its  ground floor and in the basement; the first floor will contain rooms designed for educational purposes, a generally accessible multimedia library and a space for contemplation.

More information: https://plaszow.org/en/new/cleaning-up-the-grey-house-interior

The Memorial

Building design created by:
GPP Grupa Projektowa Sp. z o.o.
al. Juliusza Słowackiego 4/4, Kraków
Representatives: Borysław Czarakcziew, Sławomir Kogut

Detailed design created by:
BBC Best Building Consultants sp. z o.o. sp. k.
al. Jerozolimskie 155 lok. U3, Warszawa
Representative: Martyna Brzuzy