Poland marks European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland marks the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, proclaimed by the European Parliament in 2009.
23 August marks an anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a 1939 non-aggression pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany which contained a protocol dividing Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland into designated German and Soviet spheres of influence.
Tomasz Stefanek, from the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies said that "this particular date underlines the significance of Polish experience of facing two totalitarian regimes for understanding what totalitarianism really is."
An online database of civilian testimonies from occupied Europe, created by the centre, called "Chronicles of Terror" can be found at www.zapisyterroru.pl
Tomasz Ferenc reports...