Share your memory!

In the “Chronicles of Terror,” we make the voice of witnesses and victims of totalitarianism heard, but we would also like to see their faces. We invite everyone to join us in building our site!

We will enhance the repository with photographs, documents, letters, memoirs and other memorabilia concerning the witnesses and other people mentioned in testimonies. We are interested in all materials related to places and events described in these testimonies. Personal histories of people have even greater impact when accompanied by private mementos and photographs.

For this reason the Center has launched a public campaign – a collection under the banner “Share memory!”. We ask all Poles in the country and abroad to share mementos from their private collections. After digitalization, they will enrich our online depository. We hope to collect resources invaluable not only for scholars, but also for all who would like to learn about and understand the tragic fates of people who got into the wheels of a totalitarian machine.

If you have found your ancestors, relatives, friends or neighbors in the testimonies; if you could provide additional information about their fate; if you have materials which could supplement their histories – please do not hesitate to contact us and share memory!

podzielsiepamiecia@obnt.pl
tel. +48 600 902 856 (9.00am – 5.00pm)

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The “Share memory” campaign is organized by the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies with the registered office in Warsaw (00-372) at Foksal Street 17, entered into the Register of Cultural Institutions under no. RIK 97/2016, NIP [Taxpayer Identification Number]: 525 266 02 30, REGON [Statistical Number]: 364493101.

The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies manages a repository called “Chronicles of Terror,” through which we make the voice of witnesses and victims of totalitarianism heard by publishing their testimonies supplemented with photographs, documents, letters and memoirs of people who had testified or had been mentioned in these testimonies.

The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies has launched a public campaign called “Share memory” to appeal to all Poles in the country and abroad to share memorabilia from their private collections, which would, in a digital form, enrich the online repository.

A person in possession of memorabilia which fit in the scope of the “Share memory” campaign makes them available in digital form to the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies to publish them on a website in the online repository.

Within the framework of the “Share memory” campaign, the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies signs a loan for use agreement and circulation agreement with the person who shares materials of historical value.

Pursuant to Art. 43 section 1a and Art. 46e section 2, the organizer of the “Share memory” campaign notified the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection that it had appointed a data security administrator responsible for personal data protection of people who share materials of historical value.

The “Share memory” campaign is not subject to registration at www.zbiórki.gov.pl.

Any suggestions, information, comments and complaints, especially concerning possible breach of copyright or publicity rights or infringement of personal interests, related to the circulation of materials of historical value on the website of the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies, shall be submitted at +48 600 902 856 or via e-mail to podzielsiepamiecia@obnt.pl.

The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies reserves the right to terminate the campaign without giving any reason.

The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies reserves the right to change terms and conditions at any time and without giving any reason.

Information

All documents in the repository of the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies come from the holdings of the Institute of National Remembrance (their originals are stored in the Institute of National Remembrance archive) and are made available to the public under the provisions of the Act of 18 December 1998 on the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation.

The repository features the depositions of witnesses who, after World War II, testified about crimes committed by the Germans during the occupation of Poland from 1939 to 1945. The depositions were held by the Main Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Poland and its legal successors.

The testimonies record the experience of Polish victims of Nazi terror. Many testimonies contain graphic details, and therefore minors should use them under adult supervision.

Documents available in the repository should be interpreted in accordance with the methods and tools of historical research. The contents of the depositions were affected by the circumstances in which they were made as well as by the various intentions of interviewers and witnesses. Sometimes human memory also proved fallible. Not all cases in which witnesses were heard ended in conviction.

We welcome all your comments and remarks regarding the material published in the repository. We wish to obtain detailed information about the people and events mentioned in the testimonies in question. We also want to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of all relevant source material recording the experience of Polish victims of Nazi terror. All the remarks should be sent to the following address:

Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies Foksal 17 00-372 Warszawa
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