On 29 October 2019, a delegation from the Institute of National Remembrance, composed of Deputy President Dr Mateusz Szpytma, the Director of the IPN Archive Marzena Kruk and Dr hab. Mirosław Szumiło from the IPN’s the Historical Research Office paid an official visit to Bratislava.
During their stay, talks were held with the management of the Slovak Institute of National Remembrance - Ústav Pamäti Národa (ÚPN) - on future cooperation with regard to the implementation of joint scientific, educational and archival projects. IPN’s representatives also had an opportunity to visit the ÚPN Archive.
- Today we had a very good meeting with the new authorities of the Slovak ÚPN. We are opening a new chapter of our cooperation. It is possible that one of the effects of this opening may be the publication of documents regarding the contacts of the "Brothers in Faith" - said Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Dr Mateusz Szpytma at the headquarters of the Slovak Parliament during the opening of a seminar on the cooperation of Slovak and Polish Catholics during the communist period. The management of ÚPN, the IPN’s representatives, the Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Krzysztof Strzałka, and the head of the Polish-Slovak Parliamentary Group Jerzy Polaczek all took part in the event.
Next, the delegation took part in a scientific seminar and the opening of the exhibition "Brothers in Faith - Bratia vo Viere", devoted to the cooperation of Polish and Slovak Catholics during the communist period. The ceremony took place in the building of the Parliament of the Slovak Republic with the participation of the Polish Ambassador in Bratislava, Krzysztof Strzałka, the President of the Slovak ÚPN Jan Palffy and the Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Dr Mateusz Szpytma.
The exhibition co-authored by dr hab. Mirosław Szumało, was created thanks to the cooperation of the Polish Embassy in Bratislava, the Institute of National Remembrance and the Slovak Ústav Pamäti Národa (ÚPN) Institute.