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Archive

The IPN Archive collects, analyzes and makes available documents on the fate of the Polish Nation and Polish citizens of other nationalities in the years 1917-1990.

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We have collected over 90 km of files.

 

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286,960 photographs have been scanned.

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The archive information system makes available 17,048,272 records

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We have completed processing of 3,999,210 applications, queries and reports.

Archive full of Remembrance

It aims at preserving our cultural heritage,including precious documents.It is also a platform for information exchangewith potential donators, who would wish to sharetheir family documents with the IPN.

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over 640 and institutions have applied

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donating almost 72 meters of documents.

Research

The IPN Historical Research Office:carries out historical research of 20th-century historyof Poland and the Polish Nation, including the historyof Polish emigration, and promotes historical knowledge.

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Currently, the IPN is carrying out 8 research projects

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The Historical Research Office has organized over 800 scientific conferences.

Education

The IPN National Education Office disseminates knowledge of the key events in the history of the Polish nationin the 20th century. It organizes lessons for schools, workshops for teachers, lectures,seminars, competitions and hikes.

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500 exhibitions

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54 educational portals

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22 educational games

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4 film reviews Kielce Review of Polish Feature Films “History in Film”, Szczecin Stories, Volhynia Echoes, Katyn Echoes

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2,00 notations. One of the main areas of the IPN activity is the documentation of historical witnesses’ accounts. Thus a collection of accounts is built, which can be used for research and educational purposes.

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over 200 educational projects and competitions among them, “Soldiers in the Service of History”, “Policemen in the Service of History”, “The Unconquered 1918” Competition, “Victims of Totalitarianisms”, “KL Ravensbrück Female Prisoners’ Poetry

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22 educational files Educational aid for teachers of history and other related subjects at all levels. Each file consists of: source cards (photographs, posters, etc.), student and teacher materials.

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Historical Debates competition in 15 cities cities a national project in teaching history that utilizes the form of the Oxford debate. Secondary school students broaden their historical knowledge on the key issues of Polish history in the 20th century. The project is realized at the regional level by the IPN’s branches and delegations. Winners of regional competitions take part in the finals: the Historical Debate Competition.

History Point

This is a place where we talk about history, discuss presented films and books,where one can see an exhibition, take part in a workshop or meet a witness of history.

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There are 5 permanent History Point educational centers

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and 500 cyclical History Point centers

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Abroad, the IPN’s History Point centers are in Belgium, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, the USA and Great Britain.

IPN Publishing House

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over 2,800 publications have been released

The IPN’s publications have received a number of awards, including:

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Prof. Tomasz Strzembosz Award

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Polityka [weekly] Historical Award

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Honorable mention — Janusz Kurtyka Award

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KLIO Historical Publishers’ Book Award

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Oskar Halecki Historical Book of the Year

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Wacław Felczak and Henryk Wereszycki Award

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Kazimierz Moczarski Historical Award

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Feniks Award, category ‘history” granted by The Association of Catholic Publishers

Office of Search and Identification

Office of Search and Identification conducts searches of unknown burial sites of those fallen in combat and victims of totalitarianisms from 8 November 1917 to 31 July 1990, and restores identity to those who were sentenced to oblivion under communist rule.

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Searches and exhumations in 100+ places

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Already identified 150+ persons

Office for Commemorating the Struggle and Martyrdom

initiates care of the places of struggle and martyrdom and permanent commemoration of facts, events, and persons related to these places

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Over 170 memorial plaques have been installed since 2017.

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Over 70 statues have been erected after 2017.