Testimony Database – Chronicles of Terror

We are building the largest collection of civilian testimonies from occupied Europe.

Chronicles of Terror is a novel project that combines academic research, historical popularization and the broadly defined culture of remembrance. In an online testimony database we publish the accounts of Polish citizens who suffered immense hardship at the hands of the German and Soviet totalitarian regimes during the Second World War.

These testimonies reflect the experience of thousands of Polish victims of totalitarian crimes, and also of their families and loved ones. Until recently, these testimonies were scattered and locked away in archives. Today, for the first time, they can reach a wide audience, facilitating the discovery of personal and local histories, and inspiring scholars, journalists and people of culture. Furthermore, their translation into English makes them available on an international level, thus informing the world of the double occupation of Poland and helping perpetuate the memory of the victims of totalitarianism.

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1940.04.09-1941.09.23

    In exile – Central Asia

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1939-1945

    The Polish Righteous Among the Nations

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1939-1945

    Intelligentsia at gunpoint – terror against the Polish elite

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1942.07.12-1945.01.27

    Auschwitz-Birkenau - extermination camp

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1944.08.01-1944.08.05

    Warsaw '44 – pacification of Śródmieście

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1944.08.05-1944.08.10

    Wola '44 – genocide in Warsaw

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1940.04.01

    The Kielce region – the pacification of townships and rural areas

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1939.12-1945.01

    The city condemned to death

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    Chronicles of Terror

    1940.06-1943

    A race against time – the road to Anders' Army

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