Polish remembrance institute, US National Archives to work together

The head of IPN Archives Marzena Kruk told PAP that American troops seized millions of German documents at the end of World War II. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), investigating Nazi German and communist crimes against Poles will start, in January 2020, cooperation with the US National Archives in research on documents from World War II and from the communist regime in Poland.

IPN President Jarosław Szarek, along with an IPN delegation, met with Director of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) David Ferriero in Washington to discuss cooperation between both institutions.

Ferriero said that NARA will support IPN employees in their work on WWII documents, including records on the staffing of German concentration camps and those from the times of the communist regime in Poland. Szarek said that IPN is also interested in documents regarding the escape of Józef Światło, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s 10th Department, the postwar communist secret police.

The head of IPN Archives Marzena Kruk told PAP that American troops seized millions of German documents at the end of World War II. She added that IPN also wants to obtain the personal files of SS officers. "We hope that thanks to this cooperation, the archives of the IPN collections will be expanded to include documents previously unknown in Poland, enabling researchers in the country to broaden their knowledge and share it with the public," Kruk said.