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20 May 2015
International scholarly conference Great Victory: History and Modern Time was held in Minsk on 14-15 May 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The organisers of the conference are the State Archives of Minsk Region, the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the Central Archives of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus.



13 May 2015
Records Retention Schedule

The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued a new edition of the Retention Schedule for standard records of government agencies, institutions and individual entrepreneurs.

The Schedule defines a period of retention for records created by government agencies, institutions and physical entities and is mandatory for use in all institutions and organizations in the Republic of Belarus. The Schedule is used in preparing classification schemes and file plans, appraisal of records, formation and description of records, acquisition of archives, processing of archival inventories etc.

The new edition includes changes and amendments adopted by the resolutions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus No. 116 of 20 May 2014 and No. 242 of 12 December 2014. The Schedule is attached with an index to record types and names and scholarly comments on its use.
12 May 2015
The State Archives of Brest Region has organized a series of expositions dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The exhibition of documents called “ Brest. Occupation. 1941-1944” shows more than 40 documents from the Brest city administration for 1941-1944, from the newspaper “Nashe slovo” that was published in Brest during the Nazi occupation. These are the first decrees and orders of the German occupation authorities; documents that illustrate the system of food supply of the city population, the occupation policy of forced labour and deportation to Germany, German propaganda posters calling for voluntary work in Germany; various applications from Brest residents to the City Council that give evidence of their disastrous state etc.

A separate exposition offers documents illustrating the aftermath of the war and the damage inflicted on Brest (records of the Brest regional commission for assistance to the Extraordinary State Commission for Investigation of Nazi Crimes and Damage).

A symbolic poster column shows advertisements, fragments of newspaper from various periods (before the war, during the occupation and the liberation of the city), pages of the regional newspaper “Zarya” dated 8, 11 and 13 May 1945 dedicated to the Victory Day.





11 May 2015
On 29 April 2015 the State Archives of Astana City (Kazakhstan) with the participation of the Ambassador of Belarus to Kazakhstan Mr. A. Nichkasov held a presentation of the book of archival documents “The archives speak…” published in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The book contains archival documents held at the archives of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The book’s section called “Kazakhstan Partisans” includes documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus discovered by Belarusian and Kazakh archivists and prepared with the assistance of the Belarus Embassy.

The event also included an exhibition of documentary photographs from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings entitled “Unconquered Belarus”. Among the participants were representatives of the diplomatic corps, WWII veterans and workers in the Soviet rear, members of the state agencies and the Belarusian community in Kazakhstan.

08 May 2015
On 7 May 2015 the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Adamushko, took part at the plenary meeting of the International scholarly conference dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, where he delivered a report “Documents of the national archival holdings of the Republic of Belarus and the publications of the state archives on the history of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”.

The conference was organized by the National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Defense and included an exhibition of war documents.

The project was implemented by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings with the participation of the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the Russian Photo and Film Archives, the Russian Archives of Socio-Political History and the Belarusian regional and local state archives.




08 May 2015
The Local State Archives in Baranovichi (Brest Region) opens an exhibition of documents to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The exhibition presents the archive’s records: front line letters from 1943-1944, copies of articles from the 1945 newspapers, 1941-1945 photographs highlighting the partisan warfare in Belarus, the last combat in Western Europe and the capitulation of Germany.

The exhibition runs from 7 May 2015.



08 May 2015
On 5 May 2015 the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings held a presentation of the photo album “Vasily Arkashev. My War” in the Labyrinth Gallery of the National Library of Belarus. The event was organized as part of the cultural and educational project “We glorify the heroic deeds” to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The photo album “My War” is a joint project of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of Belarus and the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.

As a photo correspondent for the army newspaper "We shall destroy the enemy" and then with the front line newspaper "The Red Army Truth", Vasily Arkashev fought battles from Minsk to Moscow and then from Moscow to Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad). His war routes passed through Moscow, Smolensk, Belarus, Lithuania, East Prussia and other areas, where he continuously took photographs.

The collection of 508 photographs taken by Vasily Arkashev is held at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.
Many photographs in the album “My War” provide interesting and valuable evidence about the Second World War. These depict numerous fighting episodes, the army daily life, attacks, stream crossings, the activity of medical and sanitary battalions, interrogations of prisoners, etc. Of great interest are the photographs depicting the early days of the war, when the 100th Infantry Division resisted the Nazi attack in the area of Ostroshitski Gorodok and along the Logoisk highway. A considerable part of the records highlight the events relating to the Battle of Moscow, the liberation of Gzhatsk, Vyazma, Dorogobuzh, Elnya, Smolensk and other areas.









29 April 2015
On 28 April 2015 a meeting was held at the National Historical Archives of Belarus between Director of the Belarus Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Vladimir Adamushko, Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus Dmitry Yatsevich and Director of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Washington, USA) Matthew Rojanski.

The meeting discussed issues concerning the preservation of the documentary heritage. Matthew Rojanski was acquainted with the holdings and history of the National Historical Archives of Belarus.




28 April 2015
On 27 April 2015 a commemoration meeting was held in Vienna to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The meeting was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Austria.

An exhibition of documents “The Land of Courage and Glory” was prepared by the Belarus Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, with the participation of the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History and Belarusian regional and local state archives.

A feature film “The Brest Fortress” was shown for the first time in Vienna.

Attendees at the event were representatives of the Austrian government agencies, public institutions and the media accredited in Austria, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps. Participants at the event also included Belarusians residing in Austria and representatives of the Russian-speaking community in Vienna.


Exhibition of documents in Vienna

27 April 2015
On 24 April 2015 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus held a round table “…Tragedy of Belarusian Villages” to mark 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The event was opened by the director of the Belarus Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko.

The main report was delivered by the chief archivist at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Selemenev. He informed the audience about the creation of data base “Belarusian Villages Burned in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1944”. Currently the database contains data on 9,060 settlements.

Attendees at the discussions on the topic were academic secretary of the humanities and arts department at the Belarus National Academy of Sciences A. Kovalenya; director of the History Institute of the Belarus National Academy of Sciences V. Danilovich; Belarusian architect, the Republic of Belarus State Prize winner G. Levina, dean of the history faculty at the Belarusian State University S. Khodin, assistant professor at the history faculty of the Belarusian State University M. Shumeiko; member of the Central Archives of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus Yu. Zverev and more.

The eyewitnesses of the events, Z. Levanets and E. Fedko, shared their reminiscences about the destruction of Skirmuntovo village in Dzerzhinsk district and Fedka village in Chashniki district.

The round table presented a new book of published documents “The Khatyn Trees of Life” illustrating the fate of Belarusian villages that were burned during the Great Patriotic War. The book was prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus in collaboration with the Central Archives of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the State Archives of Brest Region and the State Archives of the Russian Federation.

The book narrates of 433 Belarusian villages that shared the tragedy of Khatyn and were rebuilt after the war. These are commemorated in the symbolic “Trees of Life” at the Memorial. These include 111 settlements in Vitebsk region, 96 Mogilev, 93 Brest, 60 Minsk, 54 Gomel and 19 Grodno. The largest number of villages were burned in the districts of Liozno (28), Verkhnedvinsk (26), Ivatsevichi (17), Kirovsk (15), Soligorsk (15) and Chausy (14).

The book includes 353 documents: reports, diaries of combat activities of partisan units, certificates, reports and transcripts of interrogation of survivors from burned villages, eyewitnesses and members of the punitive squads, etc.

The book illustrations include photos of the Khatyn State Memorial Complex, monuments erected at the sites of burned settlements, and other materials.


Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko speaks before the audience


Participants at the Round Table


Participants at the Round Table


Participants at the Round Table


Participants at the Round Table

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