The Center for Totalitarian Studies - Instytut Pileckiego

The Center for Totalitarian Studies gathers researchers who specialize in political science, sociology, history, and Jewish studies. This unique milieu of scholars implements interdisciplinary research projects devoted to totalitarianism and the history of Poland in the 20th century. Research focuses primarily on events connected with World War II, the conflict’s impact on societies and politics in the second half of the 20th century, and the cultivation of memory by the second and third postwar generations.

While conducting their own research projects, employees of the Center utilize collections acquired by the Institute, which together form a digital archive containing documents relating to the history of Poland and Polish citizens in the 20th century. As part of their activities they popularize and disseminate the results of their studies, in particular abroad. To this end they organize debates, seminars, and international scientific conferences.

Selected research projects conducted by employees of the Center with the participation of cooperating scholars: