#SurvivorsReveal campaign has been launched!

12 February 2018
German_Death_Camps_slajdOne unique account of a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp – every day on our facebook profile and in other social media.

The ChroniclesofTerror.pl portal provides access to over 1,000 testimonies that were gathered after the Second World War for the purposes of the two main Auschwitz-Birkenau trials. It is the largest set of court depositions relating to Auschwitz-Birkenau in the world. The testimonies were given in connection with the trial of Rudolf Höß in Warsaw and the so-called first Auschwitz trial in Kraków, both of which were held in 1947 before the Supreme National Tribunal of the Polish People’s Republic. Consequently, these depositions are the first source that should be utilized to familiarize oneself with the history of the camp as seen from the perspective of its prisoners.


Today, when the history of the Second World War is often subjected to relativization, and the very occurrence of German crimes continues to be questioned, the accounts of survivors allow for precise separation of the victims from the perpetrators. Thanks to the  #GłosOcalonych / #SurvivorsReveal campaign, under which each day a unique account of a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp will be published in our social media, everyone will have an opportunity to learn the actual fates of the victims and survivors of the camp. In order to reach a wider audience, the campaign is run both in Polish and English.

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“Chronicles of Terror” is a novel project which combines academic research, historical popularization and the broadly defined culture of remembrance. The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies continues to build the largest ONLINE collection of civilians testimonies from occupied Europe. Our database features the accounts submitted by Polish citizens, who suffered immense hardship at the hands of the German and Soviet regimes during the Second World War. These depositions reflect the personal experiences of victims of totalitarian crimes, and also of their families and friends.

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