18 April 2016

Polonica in foreign institutions – research on the history of the Polish political emigration 1939-1990 - Conference in Warsaw

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The international conference: „Polonica in foreign institutions – research on the history of the Polish political emigration 1939-1990” organized by the Institute of National Remembrance and the Head Office of the State Archives will take place in Warsaw, at the Janusz Kurtyka IPN Educational Centre at Marszałkowska St. 21/25 from 20 to 22 April 2016.

During World War II and after its end a number of Polish citizens, including mostly intellectual and political elite, emigrated from Poland. Furthermore, among the emigrants were soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, prisoners of liberated prison camps, concentration camps and forced labour camps sent to the Third Reich. Around half a million of Poles decided to stay abroad with hope that the geopolitical situation in Poland would change.

Moreover, there were another waves of Polish emigration during the Cold War period. In March 1968, an anti-Semitic campaign was unleashed by the Communist authorities. As a result, around 15,000 citizens were forced to leave Poland without the right to come back. The imposition of martial law in December 1981 caused another wave of emigration. Thousands of scientists, doctors and engineers were forced to abandon their homeland. Young Poles, who did not believe in positive changes to the political system in Poland, followed their example.

The crucial aims of the meeting are:
* exchanging knowledge, information and experience on the above-mentioned issues;
* creating a specific database regarding the fate of Polish emigration;
* opening new fields of research.

To see the full program go here.

All interested parties are encouraged to participate. The conference will be held in Polish and English. For more details please contact:

Source: IPN

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