The debate „Why Lemkin” is intended to bring to the attention of wide audiences the significance of the concept of genocide – a new crime under international law – both in the context of the tragic experiences of the Second World War and in the present world, 70 years after the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (which happened on 9 December 1948). The author of the concept and the driving force behind its codification was Rafał Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish ethnicity.
During the Second World War, many Poles helped their Jewish compatriots. Such assistance was offered both institutionally and spontaneously, at grass-roots level. But irrespective of what exactly they did, those who aided Jews in any way risked their very lives, risked being arrested, or simply risked being deported to a concentration camp. To illustrate this point, we would like to present the history of the Lubkiewicz family, which similarly to the Ulms paid the highest price for saving their co-citizens.
October 30, 2017,
on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution,
was held the debate
On the occasion of the 41st Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (2-12 July 2017, Kraków), the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies published its first book – Chronicles of Terror. Warsaw – in both Polish and English language versions.
Should I remain in the resistance? Or maybe disclose myself following the Amnesty of 1947? Or perhaps emigrate? Such were the dilemmas that we had to measure up against on 1 March. Our guests at the Center were second grade students from the K. Hoffmanowa Secondary School.
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.
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 ChroniclesofTerror.pl.