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11 July 2014
The State Archives of Minsk Region published a volume of papers from the conference History and Archives: Documentary Heritage of Belarus 20th and 21st centuries that took place on 14 November 2013.

The book includes reports and articles by the conference participants on the topical issues of the history, methodology and practices of archive science in Belarus, and various aspects of the history of the 20th and 21st centuries in the system of archival documents.

The book is intended for historians, archivists, faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students and everyone interested in history.

08 July 2014
The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus presents new collections of published documents in the book series “Archives. History. Memory”: “Partisans in Operation Bagration” and “Khatyn Necropolis”.


 Book cover Partisans in the Bagration Operation The book “Partisans in Operation Bagration” was produced to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders. This includes 200 documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus that testify how Belarusian Partisans prepared and executed the third phase of the “Rail War”, which began on the night of 20 June 1944, and narrate about the combat interconnection between the Partisans and the Red Army troops in the course of Operation Bagration. The book publishes orders, directives, instructions, coded telegrams, radiograms, plans, reports, memoranda, information, certificates, despatches, applications. Also included are chronicles of the Partisan brigades. 195 documents have been used in scholarly research for the first time.
 Book cover The Khatyn Necropolis The book “Khatyn Necropolis” was published to mark 45 years since the opening of the Khatyn Memorial Complex. This is dedicated to the construction of the Khatyn memorial cemetry of destroyed villages in Belarus and tells about the tragedy that happened in each of the immortalized villages.

The book contains certificates, acts, reports, transcripts of interrogation, recollections by witnesses and surviving residents from burned villages and other documents identified at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Central Archives of Belarus KGB (Committee for State Security) and the State Archives of the Russian Federation. In all, the book includes 181 documents. A number of materials have been taken from the series of documented chronicles of Belarusian towns and districts “Memory”. Also included are photos from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the personal archives of local specialist A.F. Bublo etc.

The book was prepared as part of the Project “Raising the Status of Surviving Residents from Burned Villages in Belarus” and was published with the assistance of the Russian Historical Memory Foundation for Assistance to Topical Historical Research.

30 June 2014
An exhibition of documents The Region of Courage and Glory is opened at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin as part of the jubilee events to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupants.

The exposition was prepared by the Belarusian Embassy in Germany together with the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus on the base of documentary materials from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History.

26 June 2014
On 24 June 2014 an exhibition of documents entitled “The Region of Courage and Glory” was held at the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupation.

The exhibition was prepared 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 Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History and a number of Belarusian regional and local state archives.

The deputies of the House of Representatives acquainted with the documentary exhibition.

During the event the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, V.I. Adamushko, answered to questions from the deputies and gave comments on the exhibition contents.

20 June 2014
On 19 June 2014 the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus held an international scholarly conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupation.

Attendees at the conference were Deputy Prime-Minister of the Republic of Belarus A. Tozik, Minister of Defence Yu. Zhadobin, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences V. Gusakov, Chairman of Permanent Commission for Education, Culture and Science G. Palchik, members of scholarly community.

At the plenary meeting the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko read a report “Records of the state archives of the Republic of Belarus on the history of the Great Patriotic War in the publication and exhibition activities of archival institutions”.

Before the conference the participants acquainted with the exhibition of documents “The Region of Courage and Glory” prepared by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, with the participation of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History.

17 June 2014
On 12 June 2014 the Museum of the History of Belarusian Cinema together with the Fellowship of Business and Professional Women held a retrospective show of the films from the holdings of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders.

The programme “On the Roads of War” included films “The Liberation of Soviet Belarus” (1944) and “Atrocities committed by Nazis in the Belarusian SSR in the Great Patriotic War” (1945).

A musical collective from the Frunze-district Social Centre in Minsk gave a concert of wartime songs.


Retrospective show of WWII films

Retrospective show of WWII films


04 June 2014
On 3-4 June 2014 a professional meeting was held at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia between Belarusian and Russian archivists. The meeting discussed issues of the preservation of archival records on different media.

As part of the meeting, according to the Plan of Joint Actions between the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus (Department) and the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation (Rosarkhiv) for 2014 – 2016 a joint board session of the Department and the Rosarkhiv was held to discuss practices in the professional education and advanced training of archivists in Russia and Belarus.

30 May 2014
The State Archives of Mogilev Region offers a virtual exhibition dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders

28 May 2014
On 22 May 2014 the National Historical Archives of Belarus held a presentation of the published collection of documents Belarus in the First World War 1914-1918.

Among the speakers at the event were the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko, director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus D. Yatsevich, director of the Belarus Publishing House G. Trusevich, director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. Samovich, director of the Belarusian State University M. Shumeiko and more.

Participants also included representatives from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art, the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation, the Ya. Kolas Central Scientific Library of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus and a number of researchers into the history of Belarus, local specialists, and students.

As part of the presentation an exhibition was organized to show the original copies of the most interesting documents on the history of the First World War from the holdings of the National Historical Archives of Belarus.


Presentation of the book of documents Belarus in the First World War 1914-1918


Presentation of the book of documents Belarus in the First World War 1914-1918

19 May 2014
The Central Archives of the Committee of State Security of the Republic of Belarus transferred to the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus over 70 documents for electronic database Belarusian Villages Destroyed in World War Two. The database has been created as part of the international project Raising of the Status of Surviving Residents of Belarusian Burned Villages and is placed on the website of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

The documents include the reports of the district commissions for assistance to the Extraordinary State Commission for investigation of Nazi crimes and damage caused to citizens, collective farms, government and public institutions in the USSR, certificates of the District Councils of Workers’ Deputies, records of interrogation of witnesses testifying of the crimes conducted by the Nazi occupation troops in WWII in the district of Begoml, Vitebsk Region, the districts of Borisov, Gressk, Logoisk, Uzda and Kholopenichi in Minsk Region, and the districts of Belynichi and Klichev in Mogilev Region, etc.

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