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Court allows Polish government to take over WWII museum

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/24/2017
A woman stands in front of an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press A woman stands in front of an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court has ruled in favor of the government in its standoff with a major new World War II museum that had been fighting for its survival.

A woman looks at an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press A woman looks at an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The conflict revolves around the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, which has been under creation since 2008 and was scheduled to open within weeks.

Visitors look at an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Visitors look at an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The decision by the Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday is a victory for the populist and nationalistic Law and Justice ruling party, allowing it to take control of one of the last public institutions that had remained independent following the party's rise to power in 2015.

A woman looks at an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press A woman looks at an exhibit in the Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The government opposed the museum because it takes an international approach to telling the story of the war, and has vowed to make it a purely Polish story.

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