We invite you to visit the exhibition 'Calm before the storm. Summer of 1939 in Sopot.’ The exhibition is dedicated to showing the situation in Sopot in the last summer season before the outbreak of World War II.
Despite the tense political situation and the decrease in the number of tourists - especially those of the Jewish religion and citizens of the Republic of Poland who instead chose the nearby Gdynia (which was in Poland) the resort in 1939 gave the appearance that normal life was being maintained. Just a short time later, in September, the city found itself in the fighting zone and became Adolf Hitler's temporary headquarters.
The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first of these mainly focuses on everyday life in the Sopot resort just before the outbreak of World War II. Cultural and social events that took place including at the Forest Opera and the theatre in the Spa House, as well as concerts of the spa orchestra and events in clubs and Sopot cinemas. We also remind you of the activities of the most popular facilities, such as the Spa House and casino, balneological plant and Kasino-Hotel. Exhibits on display include Sopot information and casino guides from the 1930s, photos of sunbathers, the beach and pier, posters, press clippings, the repertoire of cinemas and clubs, and correspondence from the summer of 1939. The whole is complemented by fragments of cinema films, newsreels and music from the 1930s.
The exhibition is also enriched by original pre-war costumes. You can take a look at beach fashion - women's and men's, day, sports, starting and evening outfits.
The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Nazification of Sopot. The development of NSDAP in the city, the circumstances of the seizure of power and the persecution of Poles and Jews after 1933 are discussed.
In addition, the exhibition discusses preparations for the war in the Sopot part of the border area between the Free City of Gdańsk and Poland, and in the final part, the first weeks after the outbreak of the war and Adolf Hitler's stay in Sopot.
The exhibition will be on display until September 15.
Photograph. The garden in front of the Spa House at night (August 1939). The illustration comes from the collection of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Place: Sopot Museum
Date:04.09 - 15.09, 10:00 - 17:00
Hour: 10:00 - 17:00
Tickets: 10/5 PLN
Address: Księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego 8, 81-724 Sopot
Organizer: The Museum of Sopot