‘Applied’ Communism After a Hundred Years. (Un)Learned Lessons for Humankind – International debate


October 30, 2017,

on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution,

was held the debate

‘Applied’ Communism After a Hundred Years

(Un) Learned Lessons for Humankind


Why did the Second World War start in Poland? The Versailles order and peace in Europe


During a cycle of lectures that commenced in March, Professor Marek Kornat will touch upon the issue of the genesis of the Second World War. The objective of the series is not, however, to present the history of international relations in the interwar period, but rather to cast a polemical look at widely-held opinions and interpretations concerning the conflict’s origin. For we have many reasons to engage in dispute.

Chronicles of Terror

500 Testimonies from Occupied Radom


On the 75th anniversary of the execution which claimed the lives of several dozen residents of Radom, the first 500 accounts of victims and witnesses of the German occupation in the Radom region were published on

Chronicles of Terror

Memories of the German occupation in Kielce


The “Chronicles of Terror” digital database has recently been supplemented with the testimonies of victims of totalitarian crimes committed in the city of Kielce and its environs. The depositions from Kielce premièred on 20 June and 1 July 2017.

Chronicles of Terror

New version of Chronicles of Terror, our online testimony database


A map of locations mentioned in testimonies, historical background of specific events, photographs of victims and witnesses of totalitarian crimes – these are but a few new functionalities available at, one of the biggest collections of civilian testimonies from occupied Europe.

Research Project

The Experience of Two Totalitarianisms: Interpretations


Drawing on a long and distinguished intellectual tradition, both Polish and international, a number of scholars are attempting to rethink the Polish experience of confronting two totalitarian regimes in the twentieth century.

Chronicles of Terror

Chronicles of Terror


Chronicles of Terror, a novel project run by the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies, combines academic research, historical popularization and the broadly defined culture of remembrance. Our goal is to create the largest collection of civilian testimonies from occupied Europe, which is available ONLINE.


Wola 1944: An Unpunished Crime and the Notion of Genocide

Wola44_fot. Kamila Szuba (119)

Wola 1944: An Unpunished Crime and the Notion of Genocide

international conference

8–9 November 2016

The objective of the conference was to reflect on the German crimes committed in the Warsaw district of Wola at the beginning of August 1944. It was then that the Germans killed approximately 50,000 people – men, women, and children – in a series of systematic executions of civilians.


Testimonies of victims of the Soviet occupation of Poland from the holdings of the Hoover Institution

Dr. Tadeusz Krawczak (Archive of Modern Records), Marianna Otmianowska (National Digital Archives), Anna Gutkowska (The Witold Pilecki Center), Dr. Eric Wakin (The Hoover Institution), photo: Patrycja Mic

The Witold Pilecki Center will receive digital copies of about 30,000 testimonies of Polish citizens, victims of the Soviet occupation of Polish lands in 1939-1941, preserved in the archives of the Hoover Institution. The Center will catalogue the collection and transcribe the documents, a significant number of which are in manuscript form. They will be published on the Center’s website (, in the original Polish and in English translation.


Introduction to the Anglo-American Academic Discourse and Foundations in English Academic Writing & Speaking


Introduction to the Anglo-American Academic Discourse and Foundations in English Academic Writing & Speaking are English-language workshops for young scholars who wish to learn the rules of Anglo-American academic discourse. It is a great opportunity to acquire practical skills indispensable for scholars who want to present their ideas and research in English, both in speech and in writing.

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