Explore touching stories of Polish citizens victims and witnesses of totalitarian crimes

„Street after street, person after person” – official video

Giving voice to the witnesses of totalitarian crimes

Chronicles of Terror is one of the largest collections of civilian testimonies from occupied Europe and features hundreds of accounts submitted by Polish citizens, who suffered immense hardship at the hands of the German and Soviet totalitarian regimes during the Second World War. These materials reflect the personal experiences of thousands of Polish victims of totalitarian crimes, and also of their families and loved ones.

Until recently, witness depositions made before the Main Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Poland were scattered and locked away in archives. The accounts of Poles – both soldiers and civilians who left the Soviet Union with General Anders’ Army – were gathered from 1943 on in the Middle East, while after the War they were reposited in the American Hoover Institution. The depositions concerning Poles who helped Jews during the occupation were collected from 1999 on by the Committee for the Commemoration of Poles who Saved Jews.

Today, for the first time, they can reach a much wider audience – both in Poland and around the world.


Testimonies in Polish


Testimonies translated into English


Published pages of source material


Analyzed pages of files

A map of testimonies

Find out what happened to the residents of your town, street or house during World War II.

Places of arrests and round-ups, addresses of hiding places, harsh prisons, concentration camps, places of torture, deportations and executions – the map enables you to trace the fate of victims of totalitarian terror.

Select location where the events described by witnesses took place

Zoom in to see locations from particular testimonies

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