Established in November 2018, the Foundation is the result of years of collaboration between American ex-POWs of Oflag 64 and their descendants, and Polish scholars and enthusiasts of this history. Its mission is to contribute to the knowledge of World War II by studying and commemorating the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war held in German captivity. In addition to the history and operations of the German POW camps, its projects will focus on the thousands of POWs who the Germans incarcerated in Szubin, Poland, and the brave Polish citizens who assisted those prisoners.One of the Foundation’s cornerstone goals is to create a museum that will convey this unique history. In 2018, the Polish State generously donated to the Municipality of Szubin a plot of land for this purpose — at the site where one of the camp’s brick barracks still stands.
The Museum will serve not only as a place to preserve the memory of the past, but also to shape the future, by organizing educational, scholarly, and cultural events, as stipulated by the Foundation’s Charter: to promote and strengthen Polish-American cultural and historical contacts, while stressing the fate of American prisoners of war incarcerated in occupied Poland during the Second World War.