A round table “Patriotic education of youth on the examples of the fate of former juvenile prisoners of fascism” was held via videoconference on 19 February 2021

A round table “Patriotic education of youth on the example of the fate of former juvenile prisoners of fascism” was held by videoconference on February 19, 2021. The event was organized by the National Centre for Ecology and Local History together with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, and the Belarusian Association of Former Juvenile Prisoners of Fascism.

The round table was attended by historians, archivists, teachers and students of secondary and higher education institutions, representatives of public associations, government agencies and bodies of the Republic of Belarus, as well as specialists from the Russian Federation.

The participants of the round table were welcomed by A.V. Kadlubay, Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Kurash, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, N.V. Kalinina, Counselor of the Russian Embassy in Belarus, A.K. Demyanyuk, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

In his address, V.I. Kurash drew attention to the importance of the announced topic and noted that Belarusian archival institutions have accumulated many years of practical cooperation with secondary education institutions, have identified key areas and ways of productive interaction. One of the key places in this interaction is given to the objective coverage of the crimes committed by the Nazi occupation regime in Belarus during the Great Patriotic War, based on documentary sources.

The speakers at the round table were the employees of the archive industry of Belarus: Deputy Head of Division of Organizational Work, Information and Use of Documents at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice, M.N. Skomoroshchenko (“Interaction of State Archives of Belarus with Secondary Education Institutions: Archival Documents in Educational and Training Process”), Head of Publications Division at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, S.V. Kulinok (“Activities of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus in Preserving Objective Memory of Events of the Great Patriotic War”).

Leading researcher of Publications Division at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V.D. Selemenev, informed the participants about the publication of a collection of documents and materials “Belarusians in Karelia. 1940-1944” published by the National Archives in 2020 and dedicated to the poorly studied topic of resettlement of Belarusians to the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940-1941 and their destiny during the Great Patriotic War.