Compiled as a warning about today’s internet surveillance, the 150 never-before-seen photos cover a wide range of Poland’s communist secret police activities between 1944 and 1989 and reveal the sometimes drastic measures authorities took to keep ‘enemies of the state’ under control.
A specialist team of body searchers from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) made the find in a forested area in the city’s Białołęka district following a tip off from an elderly resident who recalled seeing German troops herding people into the area.
The life of Maria Barr, whose photo went viral after being posted online with an appeal to help identify her, has taken a further step forward as more details about life, her marriages and her death are uncovered.
The Institute of National Remembrance published the photo on its Facebook page on 14 March in the hope of finding out who the woman was, what happened to her after the war and whether she is still alive – or whether her children or grandchildren are.
Archaeologists closed in on a 20-square-metre site in a cemetery in the small town of Orneta by using local archival records and a hand-drawn burial plan. Religious objects including crucifixes and medallions helped them identify the victims.
Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, the body charged with investigating wartime and communist era crimes, has announced it will not appoint a man with past ties to a far-right group as head of its Wroclaw branch, PAP has learnt unofficially.
Facebook has unblocked the English-language page of Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), a national organisation set up to investigate Nazi and communist crimes against the Polish people.
A Warsaw court has ordered two prominent Holocaust scholars to apologise to a woman who claimed her uncle had been slandered in a historical book which suggested he had collaborated with the Germans and robbed a Jewish woman during WWII.
The social media giant blocked the Institute of National Remembrance after it posted information about the Germanisation of Polish children during WWII.
A silent witness to the violent protests that took place on June 25 as workers took to the streets to demand an end to price increases, the EPO5-22 became caught up in the scuffles when strikers pushed it with their bare hands onto a section of dismantled track.