When my parents died, they left behind many puzzles. One of the most profound is of the woman who hid them for a year and a half in the cellar of her villa in Grochów, Warsaw.
The project of the architectural office Nizio Design International has won the competition for the architectural project of the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in the Podkarpacie Region,which will be created inthe village of Markowa near Łańcut.
The jury of the competition believes that the chief asset of the winning project is the mass of the building, which is “simple, but balanced in terms of form”. “Moreover, the scale and form of the building, its color, the clear and functional location of the square and the park area suits the local architecture, at the same time remaining a distinct and recognizable spatial sign”.
The cost of building the Museum will amount to 6.5 million zlotys. The Museum will be created in three years. 25 projects have been submitted to the competition, but only 10 among them met the requirements of the organizers.
In 2004 a monument was unveiled, commemorating the tragic history of the Ulma family. In Autumn 1942 Józef Ulma and his wife Wiktoria née Niemczak, living with their six children, were asked for help by the Jewish Szall family – a father who was cattle merchant before the war, and his four sons.
The Ulmas took them in. Shortly after that they also gave shelter to Gołda Goldman and her sister Lajka with her daughter.
A Blue Policeman, Włodzimierz Leś, denounced the Ulmas. On March 24th, 1944 German soldiers murdered the eight Jews and the Poles who were hiding them: Józef Ulma, his wife, who was in the last month of her pregnancy, and their six children: Staś, Basia, Władzio, Franuś, Antoś and Marysia. The oldest of them was 8 years old.
Józef and Wiktoria Ulmawere honored with the title of the Righteous Among the Nations in 1985. More about the Ulma family
The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in the Podkarpacie Region will be located near the monument commemorating the dramatic events that took place in Markowa during the Second World War.
The Museum will be a modern institution, using the newest multimedia technologies. The interactivity of the exposition will be a crucial factor, as well as a meticulous reconstruction of the realities of the time of the Second World War.
In the building of the future Museum – apart from a showroom, a research office and a lecture hall in which film screenings will be organized – the Ulmas house will be reconstructed. It is possible thanks to the fact that about 800 photographs taken by Józef Ulma have survived the war: they depict the interior of the house.
More about the competition for the museum project on the website of the Łańcut Castle Museum.