Events

  • Did they risk their lives? Diplomats as Righteous Among the Nations | debate

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    Did they risk their lives? Diplomats as Righteous Among the Nations | debate

    When considering the actions of diplomats during the Holocaust, should we use the same criteria that are applied to other rescuers? The debate will begin with a lecture by E. Saul, who's spent years researching the involvement of diplomats in aiding Jews.

  • The choice to save lives: diplomatic rescue during the Holocaust | call for papers

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    The choice to save lives: diplomatic rescue during the Holocaust | call for papers

    We invite scholars focused on the history of the Second World War – especially researchers of the history of diplomacy, mass migrations and the attitudes of national governments and societies in the face of the Holocaust – to take part in the conference.

  • The Choice to Save Lives: Diplomatic Rescue During the Holocaust | conference

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    The Choice to Save Lives: Diplomatic Rescue During the Holocaust | conference

    The Pilecki Institute has the pleasure to invite you to an international academic conference “The Choice to Save Lives: Diplomatic Rescue During the Holocaust”, which will be held on 19-21 October in Warsaw as part of celebration of the Year of the Ładoś.

  • Nominations for the Witold Pilecki International Book Award

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    Nominations for the Witold Pilecki International Book Award

    We now know the authors nominated for the Witold Pilecki International Book Award! The Award Committee has selected 15 publications to compete for cash prizes of 75,000 złoty and commemorative statuettes in 3 different categories.

  • “Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide” in Bochum

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    “Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide” in Bochum

    Pilecki-Institut and the Fritz Bauer Forum opened the exhibition in Bochum, Germany. The exposition presents a close-up of the renowned lawyer Rafał Lemkin, who founded the legal concept of “genocide”.

  • The 2nd Meeting of the “Called by Name” families

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    The 2nd Meeting of the “Called by Name” families

    The second meeting of the families of those “Called by Name” – people murdered during the Second World War for aiding Jews – took place on Saturday 25 September in Warsaw.

  • Open letter from the families of those “Called by name”

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    Open letter from the families of those “Called by name”

    Open letter from the families of those “Called by name” as part of the 2nd Meeting of Families.

  • Facing Evil: The Aftermath of the Second World War

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    Facing Evil: The Aftermath of the Second World War

    Join us online for a unique chance to listen to a brilliant discussion on the aftermath of the Second World War and the consequences that were awaiting Poland and Central Eastern Europe.

  • 120th anniversary of the birth of Witold Pilecki

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    120th anniversary of the birth of Witold Pilecki

    This year is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Witold Pilecki - we have joined PKP Intercity to start a special project prepared in honor of our patron.

  • Information concerning the 5th issue of the "Totalitarian and 20th Century Studies" yearbook

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    Information concerning the 5th issue of the "Totalitarian and 20th Century Studies" yearbook

    The editors of the “Totalitarian and 20th Century Studies” yearbook invite you to submit articles in Polish or English. The deadline for applications is 30 July 2021.

  • ЖЫВЕ БЕЛАРУСЬ/Belarus Lebt! | the exhibition at the Berlin branch of the Pilecki Institute

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    ЖЫВЕ БЕЛАРУСЬ/Belarus Lebt! | the exhibition at the Berlin branch of the Pilecki Institute

    The exhibition includes works by 20 artists and a host of anonymous residents of Minsk. These include photographs and video material, sketches and posters, many of which were created while the artists sat in detention centers.

  • World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 3: Memory Wars

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    World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 3: Memory Wars

    The third and last instalment of the “World War II: Witnesses and Memory” series organized jointly by the Pilecki Institute and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

  • The Virtus et Fraternitas Gala 2021. Meet all the recipients!

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    The Virtus et Fraternitas Gala 2021. Meet all the recipients!

    The President of Poland Andrzej Duda awarded the medals to foreigners who provided aid to Polish citizens during the 20th century, in times of both war and peace.

  • The Witold Pilecki International Book Award. The first edition (2021) | project

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    The Witold Pilecki International Book Award. The first edition (2021) | project

    In 2021, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Witold Pilecki, we are launching the first edition of the Witold Pilecki International Book Award. Deadline for submitting applications: 30 June 2021.

  • Strides Towards Liberty | webinar

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    Strides Towards Liberty | webinar

    In 2021 we celebrate the 230th anniversary of the Constitution. The Institute would like to contribute to nation-wide festivities with a strong academic roundtable aiming at an international popular audience.

  • World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 2: Witnessing the Outbreak

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    World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 2: Witnessing the Outbreak

    We invite you to the second part of new series of international webinars organized by the Pilecki Institute of Warsaw, Poland and and the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, USA.

  • Duty and Compassion. Polish Diplomacy Working Against the Holocaust | webinar

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    Duty and Compassion. Polish Diplomacy Working Against the Holocaust | webinar

  • Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

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    Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

    We invite you to attend our online meeting, “Europe’s suburbs or a distinct region: Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century” with four renowned historians on the subject of a new synthesis of economic and social history in our part of the continent.

  • PILECKI PROJECT REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

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    PILECKI PROJECT REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

  • Deportacja i praca przymusowa | book premiere

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    Deportacja i praca przymusowa | book premiere

    Join us for a discussion devoted to Johannes-Dieter Steinert’s book on the wartime deportation and forced labor of children from Poland and the USSR in Nazi Germany and occupied Eastern Europe.

  • World War II: Witnesses and Memory – Liberators and Liberated

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    World War II: Witnesses and Memory – Liberators and Liberated

    We invite you to a new series of international webinars organized by the Pilecki Institute of Warsaw, Poland and and the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, USA.

  • The "Pilecki Institute Archives: Activation" international online conference

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    The "Pilecki Institute Archives: Activation" international online conference

    Over one million: the number of documents so far included in our digital archives, ready to be launched with an international online conference on 12-13 January 2021.

  • Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide | online exhibition

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    Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide | online exhibition

    Is genocide a domain of history? What led to one of the most significant intellectual responses to the tragic experience of World War II? Explore the story of Raphael Lemkin – the author of the concept of genocide!

  • The Pilecki Project

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    The Pilecki Project

    “The Pilecki Project” is a new educational initiative about Witold Pilecki - one of the greatest heroes of World War II whose brave mission to Auschwitz touched so many lives.

  • Tools and Objectives of Genocidal Social Engineering. Man and the State in the Face of Totalitarianism

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    Tools and Objectives of Genocidal Social Engineering. Man and the State in the Face of Totalitarianism

    We would like to invite you to participate in the international scientific conference organized by the Pilecki Institute, which will be held as part of the "Lemkin 2018-2023" project.

  • Liberated Twice. The political rights of women 1918 | online exhibition

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    Liberated Twice. The political rights of women 1918 | online exhibition

    The Decree issued by the Chief of State on 28 November 1918, which granted women the right to vote and the right to stand for election, placed Poland amongst the most democratic and progressive European states.

  • Watch “Witnesses to the Age of Shoah” at home!

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    Watch “Witnesses to the Age of Shoah” at home!

    The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising according to the witnesses to history, the traumatic wartime experience, the accounts of those who survived – all this and more can be seen in the extraordinary documentary film: “Witnesses to the Age of Shoah”.

  • "Wola 1944. An Unpunished Crime and the Notion of Genocide” | debate

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    "Wola 1944. An Unpunished Crime and the Notion of Genocide” | debate

    The discussion will be held as part of the conference “The New Dawn of Europe after the Great War: The Theory of the State and Genocide in the 20th Century”.

  • "The New Dawn of Europe after the Great War" | conference

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    "The New Dawn of Europe after the Great War" | conference

    Even though the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide came in 2018, Rafał Lemkin’s work remains a subject for research. We would like to invite you to a conference with experts.

  • Open letter from the families of those “Called by name”

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    Open letter from the families of those “Called by name”

  • Tribute to Franciszek Andrzejczyk

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    Tribute to Franciszek Andrzejczyk

    The “Called by Name” project is gaining momentum! As many as 65 people from the family of Franciszek Andrzejczyk came to Czyżew to honor the memory of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

  • A Commemoration of Władysława and Stanisław Krysiewicz

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    A Commemoration of Władysława and Stanisław Krysiewicz

    The couple were shot for hiding eight Jews. On Sunday, 6 October, in Waniewo near Białystok, we paid tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Krysiewicz and a plaque in their honor was unveiled.

  • Forced Labour in the Reich and Criminal Abuse as reflected in the Polish UNWCC Charge Files

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    Forced Labour in the Reich and Criminal Abuse as reflected in the Polish UNWCC Charge Files

  • Wacław Budziszewski commemorated for assisting Jews

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    Wacław Budziszewski commemorated for assisting Jews

    On Sunday, 22 September 2019, the Pilecki Institute paid tribute to Wacław Budziszewski, murdered for providing assistance to Jews during the war. A memorial plaque was unveiled in the town of Nur near Ostrów Mazowiecka.

  • The values and moral norms of the societies of occupied Europe – a debate on the book “An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler”

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    The values and moral norms of the societies of occupied Europe – a debate on the book “An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler”

  • The Onset of the New Order: Europe 1939–1940 | International scientific conference

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    The Onset of the New Order: Europe 1939–1940 | International scientific conference

    The 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War was an ideal opportunity to focus scholarly attention on this pivotal era of global history.

  • The opening of a Polish exhibition about Raphael Lemkin in the UN in New York

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    The opening of a Polish exhibition about Raphael Lemkin in the UN in New York

    On 21 August, an English-language exhibition “Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide” will be opened in the UN headquarters in New York

  • The Second World War in the New Millennium

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    The Second World War in the New Millennium

    The presentation of Professor Arnd Bauerkämper (Freie Universität Berlin) deals with memories of National Socialism, the Second World War, the Holocaust and Stalinist extermination policies in Europe after 1945.

  • A Commemoration of the Postek Family

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    A Commemoration of the Postek Family

    During the German occupation, the Postek family sheltered and nourished 17 Jews, for which they paid the highest price. On Sunday, 30 June 2019, the Pilecki Institute paid tribute to those murdered.

  • Tribute to Jadwiga Długoborska and Lucyna Radziejowska

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    Tribute to Jadwiga Długoborska and Lucyna Radziejowska

    Jadwiga Długoborska and Lucyna Radziejowska were killed by the Germans for sheltering Jews. The Pilecki Institute introduced their stories to the world by commemorating them within the framework of the “Called by Name” project.

  • Aleksandra and Hieronim Skłodowski commemorated for assisting Jews

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    Aleksandra and Hieronim Skłodowski commemorated for assisting Jews

    On Sunday, 16 June 2019, two people were commemorated in Skłody-Piotrowice within the framework of the project “Called by Name.” Aleksandra and Hieronim Skłodowski had been murdered by German gendarmes for helping Jews.

  • Tribute to Piotr Leszczyński and Antoni Prusiński

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    Tribute to Piotr Leszczyński and Antoni Prusiński

    A memorial stone and plaque commemorating the murder of Antoni Prusiński and Piotr Leszczyński for helping Jews was unveiled on Sunday, 9 June 2019, in the township of Poręba-Kocęby near Ostrów Mazowiecka.

  • Paroda „Dvigubai laisvos. Moterų politinės teisės 1918 m.“

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    Paroda „Dvigubai laisvos. Moterų politinės teisės 1918 m.“

  • Lemkin und das Zeitalter des Genozids | Vortrag und Diskussion

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    Lemkin und das Zeitalter des Genozids | Vortrag und Diskussion

    Im Rahmenprogramm des Internationalen Karlpreises zu Aachen findet ein Vortrag mit anschließender Diskussion mit besonderen Gästen aus Polen: Prof. Marek Kornat und Eryk Habowski aus dem Pilecki-Institut in Warszawa, statt.

  • Holocaust Angst | a discussion on the book by Jacob S. Eder

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    Holocaust Angst | a discussion on the book by Jacob S. Eder

    The Pilecki Institute’s most recent publication – Jacob S. Eder’s book about the history of the influence the Federal Republic of Germany strove to wield over the structure of the exhibition at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and over American Holocaust Memo

  • A Commemoration of the Lubkiewicz Family from Sadowne

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    A Commemoration of the Lubkiewicz Family from Sadowne

    Acting upon an initiative put forward by Magdalena Gawin, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Pilecki Institute has commemorated Marianna, Leon and Stefan Lubkiewicz, who were murdered by the Germans in 1943.

  • An unknown resistance story from Auschwitz | lecture at Humanity House

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    An unknown resistance story from Auschwitz | lecture at Humanity House

    Polish Professor Mared Kornat will give a lecture on the story of Pilecki and confront the audience with the choices people had to make during the horrors of the Second World War.

  • Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide | exhibition

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    Lemkin. Witness to the Age of Genocide | exhibition

    The first exhibition in Poland to be devoted entirely to Rafał Lemkin

  • Why Lemkin? | debate

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    Why Lemkin? | debate

    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.

  • Witness to the Age of Genocide. Rafał Lemkin and the Convention of 1948

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    Witness to the Age of Genocide. Rafał Lemkin and the Convention of 1948

    International interdisciplinary conference in the memory of Raphael Lemkin, Polish-Jewish jurist.

  • Liberated Twice. Women's Voting Rights 1918

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    Liberated Twice. Women's Voting Rights 1918

    The exhibition presents famous Polish women from the turn of the 20th century, and also the fates of the female generation which fought for the freedom of Poland in 1918 and during the Polish-Bolshevik War.

  • Exercising modernity | open lectures

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    Exercising modernity | open lectures

    We invite you to all open lectures in Bernau bei Berlin as part of the project Ćwiczenie nowoczesności / Exercising modernity / Modernität üben.

  • Bauhaus / Tel Aviv / Gdynia | concert

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    Bauhaus / Tel Aviv / Gdynia | concert

    We would like to invite the residents of Gdynia to an audiovisual event accompanied by live music. The performance has been organized by Patryk Zakrocki, Ludomir Franczak and Jan Witek-Terlikowski.

  • Exercising modernity / Modernität üben

    Exercising modernity / Modernität üben

    Polish-German-Israeli interdisciplinary project is a pilot program of intellectual, artistic and academic exchange for all those interested in the history and culture of Poland, Germany and Israel, as well as the ideas of civil social justice.

  • The Opening of the Lemkin Collection

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    The Opening of the Lemkin Collection

    More than 160 books concerning the life and work of Rafał Lemkin were handed over to the Warsaw University Library. Compiled by the Center/Institute, the Lemkin Collection was today officially bequeathed and opened.

  • Killing Intellectuals. European Intellectual Elites Under German Occupation, 1939-1945 | conference

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    Killing Intellectuals. European Intellectual Elites Under German Occupation, 1939-1945 | conference

    The conference was held in Austria on 7-9 May 2017. It proved an opportunity for a comparative look at the fates of the intelligentsia and intellectual elites in Europe under German occupation. The discussion was attended by scholars representing different

  • Images of History

    Images of History

    Historical movies screenings: The Pilecki Institute and Warsaw Film School organize a film show once a month.

  • International Teachers and Educators Program (project completed)

    International Teachers and Educators Program (project completed)

    The ITEP is aimed at teachers and employees of places of memory from around the world. We want the program to serve as a platform for the exchange of experiences among educators engaged in historical education, substantive and methodological reflection.

  • The Pilecki Project

    The Pilecki Project

    “The Pilecki Project” is a new educational initiative about Witold Pilecki - one of the greatest heroes of World War II whose brave mission to Auschwitz touched so many lives.

  • Walks

    Walks

    A form of popularization of the “history of places”, which makes it possible to contextualize witness accounts and information obtained from books and films in the municipal space.

  • Lemkin 2018-2023

    Lemkin 2018-2023

    The objective of the project, which is supervised by Professor Piotr Madajczyk, is to examine and popularize the achievements of 20th-century Polish legal thought, with a particular focus on Polish intellectuals, chief among them Rafał Lemkin.

  • Totalitarianism in East-Central Europe 1939–1989: History and Memory. Graduate Academy 2021-2022

    Totalitarianism in East-Central Europe 1939–1989: History and Memory. Graduate Academy 2021-2022

    The program is aimed at fostering reflection on the regional experience of facing two totalitarian regimes and introducing it into mainstream discussion on the history of the 20th century.

  • Program

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    Program

    Program and timeline of the Academy.

  • "Called by name"

    "Called by name"

    “Called by Name” is a project devoted to persons of Polish nationality who were murdered for providing help to Jews during the German occupation.

  • How to apply

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    How to apply

    How to apply to the program.

  • Materials

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    Materials

    Materials, databases and videos.

  • Virtus et Fraternitas Medal

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    Virtus et Fraternitas Medal

    The Virtus et Fraternitas Medal is a token of gratitude of the Republic of Poland for rescuing its citizens in times of the country’s greatest distress.

  • Experts

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    Experts

    Our experts, lecturers and speakers.

  • Regulations

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    Regulations

    The most important information about the procedures and regulations.

  • Pilecki Institute International Teachers and Educators Program

    Pilecki Institute International Teachers and Educators Program

    Have you ever reflected on the nature of evil? Do you wonder what leads people to become involved in resistance to totalitarian regimes? Do you want to engage your students in debate about the most important events of the 20th century?

  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions

    Our exhibitions focus on the history of Poland in the 20th century with a particular emphasis on the experience of Soviet and Nazi totalitarianism.

  • Passports | an exhibition devoted to the Ładoś Group

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    Passports | an exhibition devoted to the Ładoś Group

    The exhibition shows the role played by the Polish Government-in-Exile and the Polish Underground State in informing the world about the Holocaust, and in activities undertaken to save Jews on territories occupied by Nazi Germany.

  • ITEP 2021 BASIC LEVEL Frequently Asked Questions

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    ITEP 2021 BASIC LEVEL Frequently Asked Questions

    ITEP 2021 BASIC LEVEL Frequently Asked Questions.

  • The Volunteer. Witold Pilecki and his Mission in Auschwitz | exhibition

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    The Volunteer. Witold Pilecki and his Mission in Auschwitz | exhibition

    Presentation of the story hitherto unknown and untold outside Poland – that of Pilecki’s mission to Auschwitz, of his death at the hands of the Communist authorities, and of the attempts made to erase him from memory.

  • Ładoś List

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    Ładoś List

    Ładoś List (results of research as of January 2020)

  • Declassified UN files | interview

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    Declassified UN files | interview

    The world knew about the Shoah thanks to the Polish Underground State – the Polish Government-in-Exile informed the Allies about the Holocaust and crimes against Poles. An interview with Eryk Habowski, an expert in international law at Pilecki Institute.

  • The Ładoś List

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    The Ładoś List

    The Ładoś List (results of research as of January 2020)

  • Light a Remembrance Flame

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    Light a Remembrance Flame

    On 24 March we observe the National Day of Remembrance of Poles who saved Jews during German occupation.

  • The Ładoś List - download the book

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    The Ładoś List - download the book