That moment infamously came on September 1st, 1939, as the Nazi Battleship the Schleswig-Holstein shelled Westerplatte, and the SS simultaneously laid siege to this large brick building in the northern part of the Old Town, inside which 50-some heavily armed postal workers hunkered down. After a brave 17-hour struggle, the details of which are gory indeed, those that were still alive surrendered. After their capture, the 38 survivors were tortured and eventually executed by firing squad on October 5th. A truly impressive stainless steel monument outside the Post Office honours their sacrifice, which has become one of the most romanticised tales of heroism in Polish history.
After its nearly total destruction, the Polish Post Office in Gdańsk was rebuilt after the war, and is today not only a functioning post office, but also a small, compelling branch of the Museum of Gdańsk dedicated to the events of September 1, 1939, as well as local postal history from the 18th century to the outbreak of WWII. If you can’t get into the WWII Museum, this is a worthwhile, if much less ambitious back-up option.
Average visiting time: 40mins.
Price/Additional InfoAdmission 15/10zł, Mon free.
Gdańsk Museum of Science
Monument to the Defenders of the Polish Post Office
ul. Obrońców Poczty Polskiej, Gdańsk
Commissioned in 1979 by the Polish Communications Ministry and the Council for the Protection of Monuments of Battle and Martyrdom, and unveiled on September 1 of the same year, the stainless steel Defenders of the Polish Post Monument was designed by th
The Foregate Complex of Długa (Long) Street
Targ Węglowy 26, Gdańsk
Between the Upland and Golden gates is a 16th-century complex that functioned as a tort
ul. Stara Twierdza 1, Gdańsk