Dead for Good Deeds. Hans Frank's Decree of 15 October 1941 and the Issue of Polish-Jewish Relations During the Holocaust
It was the first act that provided for the death penalty for Poles for giving specific help to Jews. Thus, every Polish rescue action required heroic deeds and carried a hypothetical threat of the highest criminal sanction.
The commemoration of Michał Kruk and Maria Grzegorzewska for their efforts in helping Jews − Przemyśl, 15 October 2021
On 15 October 1941, the German Governor-General, Hans Frank, issued a Decree on the death penalty for Jews leaving their designated residential districts and for people who aid them.
Hans Frank’s journal of vanity
Hans Frank was one of the main authors and executors of the German extermination policies. He was responsible for mass crimes, economic exploitation and theft and destruction of countless pieces of art in the Polish lands not joined with the Third Reich. Thanks to his vanity, a unique historical source was created – an official journal of the Governor-General.
JOHN PAUL II’S PASTORAL VISITS TO COMMUNIST POLAND
In connection with the upcoming 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, the Institute of National Remembrance would like to present a portal on the pastoral visits of Polish Pope John Paul II to his homeland during the Polish People’s Republic.
Albanian delegation's study visit at the IPN, 12-14 October 2021
The Office of International Relations organized a visit of Albanian MPs, judiciary officials and media people, arriving under the umbrella of the Albanian Authority on Access to Information on the Former State Security Service (AIDSSH). Since 2020, AIDSSH has belonged to the European Network of Official Authorities in Charge of the Secret Police Files, of which the IPN is a founding member, and the guests from Tirana came to draw from the vast experience of the Institute in dealing with Poland’s communist past, including legal instruments and recovery of the remains of the system victims.
A Cracow roundabout named after Janusz Kurtyka
The IPN Head Karol Nawrocki and Zuzanna and Paweł Kurtyka, the originators of the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation, took part in the ceremony of naming a roundabout in Wit Stwosz Street in Cracow after the IPN President who perished in the Smolensk disaster of 2010. The Deputy President of the Institute, Karol Polejowski, Ph.D.,D.Sc. and Jacek Majchrowski, the President of Cracow also attended the event.
The IPN Deputy President Krzysztof Szwagrzyk visits Odessa and Kherson, 5-7 October 2021
The visit of the IPN Deputy President Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, Search and Identification Office Deputy Director Anna Szeląg and Head of the Eastern Borderlands Department within the Office Dominika Siemińska was related to the exploration carried out on so-called Ovidopol Road site. Since August 2021, the authorities of the city of Odessa have been searching the place of mass burials of the victims of the 1937-1938 NKVD crimes, and so far, no Polish experts have participated in the work.