The work of the Polish Institutes goes back to the Cultural Representation of the Second Polish Republic after the regaining of Polish nationality as a result of the Treaty of Versailles and the proclamation of the Republic in 1919. It began gradually in the 1920s and 1930s, And stood in contrast to the emerging German “Ostforschung”, which was increasingly concentrated on foreign-Germanism. Cultural work for Poland in the Weimar Republic was essentially the only one organized by the Union of Poles in Germany between 1922 and 1939. After the Second World War, Polish culture was made known in the GDR under the sign of socialist international friendships and in the GDR culture. In the Federal Republic of Germany, Polish culture was mostly devoted to the Catholic Church, as well as to art and literature. The German Polish Institute in Darmstadt, founded on the initiative of the translator Karl Dedecius in 1980, has made a special contribution to the initial objections of the Silesians.
The Polish Institute Berlin has existed since the 1950s as a body of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The activity has changed decisively after the turning point. Today, the Polish Institute is concerned with the presentation and promotion of Polish culture in Germany and would like to arouse interest not only in the diverse Polish culture, but also in the history, traditions and European commitment of Poland.
The institute’s program includes exhibitions, presentations, concerts, literary evenings, performances, discussions and conferences in the fields of film, literature, music, theater and fine arts. The main focus of the program is on the latest, latest and contemporary art and culture to show how dynamically Polish culture develops and how young Polish artists are courageously and extremely successful in new ways of artistic expression. Thanks to the ever-rejuvenating artistic genre, Poland has not only a multifaceted history but also a flourishing future.