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"»Łączka« and other search and identification sites" of 2019

”Why are we doing this? Because we have to. They deserve our memory, respect and knowledge about what happened. Their relatives deserve it, too,” said Prof. Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, the IPN’s Deputy President and Head of the IPN's Office of Search and Identification, during the inauguration of the educational project entiled ”»Łączka« and other search and identification sites”.

The opening ceremony of its present edition took place on 15 October 2019 at the Museum of Cursed Soldiers and Political Prisoners in Warsaw.

It is the third edition of this remarkable lesson of history. During monthly workshops, the participants will learn about the methods used in the search for burial sites of victims of totalitarian regimes and will be assigned tasks to complete. To sum up the project, they will shoot 2-minute film etudes devoted to the IPN’s excavation work or a reflection on the fate of victims and their families.

The project is implemented by the IPN’s branch officess in Białystok, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Szczecin, Warsaw and the delegacy in Bydgoszcz. Primary school pupils and secondary school youth take part in the project under the supervision of their teachers. The goals of the project include developing interest in the contemporary history, reinforcing empathy towards victims and respect for human life, teaching about cultural and religious regulations for burying the dead, inspiring research curiosity, and organizing youth's meetings with historians, archivists, geneticists and archaeologists .

The project is held under the National Patronage of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.

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