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When in December 1998 the Parliament of the independent Republic of Poland enacted the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, four principles were considered as the most important reasons for founding of IPN. The principles could be seen as signpost of the Institute of National Remembrance’s work.

The first principle is preserving the remembrance about a great number of victims, losses and damages suffered by the Polish Nation during World War II and afterwards. The second refers to the patriotic traditions of the Polish Nation’s struggles with occupants, Nazism and Communism. Another draws attention to the obligation of prosecuting crimes against peace, mankind and war crimes. Equally important for the legislators was the obligation to compensate all oppressed by the state which had violated human rights.
 
The summary of these four principles was the belief, that any unlawful actions of the state against the citizens cannot be classified or forgotten.
 
These words were changed into ten years of arduous work. Its result are hundreds of published books, seminars and conferences concerning issues, which have never been discussed before. Moreover, this work resulted in uncovering the truth about the most difficult but also the most beautiful moments in the history of Poland and Polish Nation. These are also activities which aimed in popularising recent history among the youth e.g. rallies, competitions and a presence in the Internet and social media (Facebook).
 
It is a specific race against time to honor the heroes who have been consigned to oblivion for years.
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