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29 June 2016
On 27 June 2016 the Local State Archives in Baranovichi opened an exhibition entitled Baranovichi during the Nazi Occupation.

The exhibition shows photographs and printed material reflecting the events in the town of Baranovichi in 1941-1944.

23 June 2016
On 20 June 2016 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosted an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The event included the opening of the exhibition on the Great Patriotic War and the presentation of the documentary editions Trostenets: Tragedy of Europe’s Peoples, Memory in Belarus, Camps of Soviet Prisoners of War 1941-1944 and the directory Conviction of Foreign Prisoners of War and Internees in Belarus. 1941-1951 (Inventory of criminal files in Fonds 1363).

The exhibition on the Great Patriotic War presents archival documents and photographs available from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus. The exhibits illuminate the courage and heroism of the Red Army in the battles in the summer of 1941, show the role of the Republic’s leadership in organizing the evacuation of the population and material resources to the eastern areas of the Soviet Union, describe the formation of the Nazi Occupation regime in Belarus and the development of the Partisan and Resistance movement.

Of especial interest are the unique maps showing the location of German troops in the beginning of the war, the map of location of all Partisan units in Belarus, the scheme of renaming the streets in occupied Minsk, printed and handwritten editions of Partisans, posters, award certificates, cipher texts, orders etc.


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The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosts an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945


The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosts an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945


The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosts an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945

23 June 2016
The publishing house Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia has released a book of documents and materials entitled Trostenets: Tragedy of Europes Peoples, Memory in Belarus.

The edition has been prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus together with the Central Archives of the KGB (Committee on State Security) of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War and the Minsk-based Johannes Rau International Centre for Education and Exchange.

Trostenets is the largest place of mass execution of people in Belarus during the Nazi Occupation. It ranks with Auschwitz, Treblinka and Maidanek. Here perished many Minsk residents, resistance fighters, partisans as well as Jews from Belarus and Western Europe (Germany, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia).

The compendium of documents and materials Trostenets: Tragedy of Europes Peoples, Memory in Belarus acquaints with the documents of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Central Archives of the KGB of the Republic of Belarus, the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the State Archives of Latvia, the archives of Minsk City Executive Committee, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus etc.

The book includes 255 documents illuminating the dramatic events in the area of Trostenets and the history of the Memorial. These are reports, dispatches, certificates of forensic medical examination, testimonies and reports of interrogation of residents in the villages of Maly and Bolshoy Trostenets, former camp prisoners, soldiers of the police battalions, SD and security police. The history of the Memorials foundation can be traced in the resolutions and materials of the Council of Ministers of the BSSR (later Republic of Belarus), Presidium of the Supreme Council, Minsk City and Region Executive Committees etc.

The publishing house Belarus has released a book of documents and materials entitled Camps of Soviet POWs 1941-1944.

The compendium has been prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus together with the Central Archives of the KGB of the Republic of Belarus and the Kontakte-Kontakty Public Association in Berlin.

About 29 million soldiers of different armies were taken prisoners during the Second World War. Part of them died of hunger, disease, cold or were executed. The Red Army soldiers and officers who turned out in German POW camps went through the most terrible ordeals. According to the Extraordinary State Commission, in Belarus perished over 810,000 Soviet POWs.

The book narrates about POW camps created by Nazis in Belarus, the tragedy of Soviet POWs in German captivity, the crimes committed by Nazis against the prisoners. The book contains 127 documents. These are reports of the Commandant of POW camps in District Ja, orders of the commandants office in Stalag No 352 and the Chief of Borisov; intelligence reports of operational groups of the BSSR NKVD, reports of regional, district and town commissions of the Extraordinary State Commission, transcripts of interrogation of Soviet POWs, witnesses, former members of POW camp administration and guard units, reminiscences of Soviet POWs.

The directory Conviction of Foreign Prisoners of War and Internees in Belarus. 1941-1951 (Inventory of criminal files in Fonds 1363) has been prepared the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Foundation Historical Memory (Moscow) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences (Graz, Austria).

3,618 foreign prisoners of war and internees were brought to trial for the crimes committed during the war and camp law infringements in Belarus after the war. The book describes contents of 2897 criminal files in Fonds 1363 of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

20 June 2016
From June 16 the Local State Archives in Kobrin (Brest Region) runs an exhibition of documents and photographs celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Military-Historical Museum named after Alexander SUVOROV, the famous Russian military leader and national hero.

The exhibition is based on documents held by the Kobrin Archives and photographs from the Alexander Suvorov Military-Historical Museum at Kobrin.










15 June 2016
On 14 June 2016 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Adamushko met with Director of International Archival Programs Division of the Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, USA) Radu Ioanid and the Division’s Project Director Vadim Altskan.

The parties informed each other about the activities of the state archives in the Republic of Belarus and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in covering the history of the Holocaust.

The meeting resulted in signing the Agreement of Cooperation between the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The signing ceremony was attended by Charge D’Affaires of the USA in Belarus Mr. Scott Roland.


Agreement of Cooperation signed between Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Agreement of Cooperation signed between Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Agreement of Cooperation signed between Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

14 June 2016
The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War has conducted international historical readings on 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War Belarus in Defensive Actions in 1941.

Mr. V. Adamushko, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry 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.

13 June 2016
On the International Archives Day on June 9 the State Archives of Grodno Region held a presentation of the compendium of documents The Grodno Orthodox Eparchy 1921-1939. Documents and Materials.


Presentation of the book The Grodno Orthodox Eparchy 1921-1939. Documents and materials


Presentation of the book The Grodno Orthodox Eparchy 1921-1939. Documents and materials


Presentation of the book The Grodno Orthodox Eparchy 1921-1939. Documents and materials

06 June 2016
On 31 May 2016 the Chief of the State Policy in Archive Business at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ms. Gulzira Karsakbaeva handed over to the Belarusian side in Minsk the copies of archival records available from the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan. These documents relate to the history of the Belarusian State Theatre of Drama (now the National Academic Drama Theatre named after Yakub Kolas) who during the Second World War worked in Kazakhstan and the life of the People’s Artist of the USSR Larisa Laksanrovskaya in evacuation in Almaty.

The documents have been selected in accordance with the previous agreements between the Director of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management V. Adamushko together with the Director of the Belarusian Archives of Literature and Art G. Zapartyko and the General Director of the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan L. Aktayeva.

06 June 2016
On 3 June 2016 the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of Belarus V. Adamushko and Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash held a meeting in Minsk with the delegation of the Head Office of State Archives of Poland headed by General Director Wojciech Wozniak.

The sides discussed the issues of cooperation between the two countries in the field of archives. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Belarus Konrad Pawlik took part in the meeting.

06 June 2016
On 3 June 2016 the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of Belarus V. Adamushko held a meeting in Minsk with Director of the National Archives of Armenia A. Virabyan.

The two sides discussed the issues of cooperation between the two countries in the field of archives.

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