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Giving voice to witnesses of totalitarian crimes

Chronicles of Terror is one of the largest collections of civilian testimonies from the occupied Europe, featuring testimonies of Polish citizens who faced both Nazism and Communism during World War II. These materials reflect the experience of thousands of Polish victims of totalitarian crimes, and 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. Today, for the first time, they can reach a wider audience in Poland and all over the world. In 2017, testimonies concerning Soviet crimes will be added. Chronicles of Terror promote knowledge about the German and Soviet occupation of Poland and preserve the memory of victims of totalitarianism.


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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.

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