Pawel Machcewicz is historian, author of majors books on Polish Twentieth Century History and professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Science. In 2008, he was appointed plenipotentiary for the project to create the museum of the Second World War in Gdansk. Gdansk, where the first shots of the conflict were fired, was to become the home of the most ambitious and genuinely global museum of the second World War. After years of intense work, collecting unique objects, developing a challenging and innovative narrative and scenography, involving historians and museummakers worldwide, the museum, in a daring architectural setting, has just been completed, to the unanimous acclaim of the visitors who had the opportunity to see the preview. Public lecture: on May 2, 2017.