Pawiak Prison Museum
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Pawiak Prison Museum information
Pawiak Prison dates from the 19th century and was originally built to incarcerate enemies of the Russian tsar. During WWII it was used by the Gestapo to imprison and torture mostly Polish political prisoners. It’s estimated that around 100,000 prisoners passed through these sinister gates from 1939 to 1944, of whom around 37,000 were executed. The prison was blown up by the Germans in 1944, but half of the mangled gateway, complete with rusting, original barbed wire, and three detention cells (which you can visit) survive. Entry is free but poor lighting and lack of English commentary detract from the experience.