Professor Pichoja Visit at the IPN Archive

On 28 April 2017 the IPN Archive hosted Prof. Rudolf Pichoja, a Russian historian and archivist, former director of the State Archives of the Russian Federation. Professor Pichoja was accompanied by Aleksander Skydan, an employee of the East European Studies Center of the University of Warsaw.

Guests met with Marzena Kruk, Director of the Archive, Dr Mariusz Żuławnik, Deputy Director of the Archive and Dr Stanisław Koller, an employee of the Division for Archival Research and Source Edition. The guests were presented with the structure, resources and main directions of the Archives activities.

During the visit the guests had an opportunity to learn about the mission of the Centre for Information on the Victims of World War II. The main tasks, procedures for the provision  of information and granting access to documents within the Centre were presented. In addition, guests listened with a keen interest to the presentation on the "Digital Archive" system and  became acquainted with the digitization and conservation of archival documents.

According to prof. Rudolf Pichoja the IPN’s Archive is a model example of an archive in Central and Eastern Europe that collects, stores and grants access to documents of the former communist Security Service.

On 14 October 1992, Rudolf Pichoja as a special envoy of then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin, handed over to Lech Wałęsa copies of documents concerning the Katyn Massacre. The documents were held in the so-called special file no. 1, including a copy of the resolution of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks) of 5 March  1940, ordering the crime on Polish prisoners of war and prisoners.

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