23 August - European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes

"The European Parliament ,

A.   whereas the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 23 August 1939 between the Soviet Union and Germany divided Europe into two spheres of interest by means of secret additional protocols,

B.   whereas the mass deportations, murders and enslavements committed in the context of the acts of aggression by Stalinism and Nazism fall into the category of war crimes and crimes against humanity,

C.   whereas, under international law, statutory limitations do not apply to war crimes and crimes against humanity,

D.   whereas the influence and significance of the Soviet order and occupation on and for citizens of the post-Communist States are little known in Europe, (...)

Proposes that 23 August be proclaimed European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, in order to preserve the memory of the victims of mass deportations and exterminations, and at the same time rooting democracy more firmly and reinforcing peace and stability in our continent;

Declaration of the European Parliament on the proclamation of 23 August as European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism

Thanks to the efforts of the Centre, a database of victims of the anti-Polish terror was created, www.ofiaryterroru.pl. The database is a source for family members and loved ones, but it can also be useful in genealogical research.

In addition, the Centre together with the Institute of National Remembrance created a website, www.operacja-polska.pl, where we
can find the information about what the "Polish operation" of the NKVD was, we can also get acquainted with the calendar of the crime, as well as places of execution and burials of the victims.

The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding also remembers the victims of stalinism in its publications.

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