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27 March 2018
On 22-23 March 2018 the delegation of Belarusian archivists paid a visit to the Republic of Poland. The delegation was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Kurash.

Belarusian archivists took part in the events dedicated to the inscription of the Union of Lublin (1569) on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. Participants in the celebrations in Warsaw and Lublin included members of the Polish government led by Prime Minister P. Glinski and the heads of archival services and institutions of Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine.

The event included the exchange of digital copies of documents between the National Historical Archives of Belarus (NIAB) and the Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw (AGAD). The NIAB Director D. Yatsevich handed to the Polish side digital copies of documents from the collection “Sobieski Archives at Olawa”. In his turn the AGAD Director H. Wejs handed to Belarusian archivists digital copies of documents from the collections “Doria-Dernalovich Archives”, “Fashcha Archives”, “Przezdziecki Archives”, “Prozorov and Elski Archives” and “Tyzenhaus Archives”.

The Belarusian delegation met with President of Lublin K. Zhuk and Director of the State Archives of Lublin P. Dymel to discuss the perspectives of the Belarusian-Polish cooperation in the archive business.







23 March 2018
The Central Municipal Gertsen Library (in Gomel) hosted a presentation of the academic book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials” published by the State Archives of Gomel Region.

The event coincided with the celebration of the Day of Orthodox Book and the Year of Small Homeland.

The presentation was opened by Director of Gomel Public Libraries System, Tatiana Vlasova, who congratulated Archbishop Stefan of Gomel and Zhlobin on his elevation to the rank of archbishop.

In his welcome speech Archbishop Stefan of Gomel and Zhlobin introduced the public to the history of the Old Believers in this country and shared his impressions on the book.

Among the participants at the book presentation were representatives of archival and cultural institutions, the Church-Historical Commission of Gomel Eparchy, faculty of the Skorina State University of Gomel, museum workers, scholarly public, etc.

Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials


Presentation of the book “The Old Believers in Gomel Region 1918-1991. Documents and Materials

22 March 2018
Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”An exhibition of documents and photographs “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory” was opened on 20 March 2018 in Minsk to mark 75 years of the tragedy in the Belarusian village of Khatyn burned together with residents by the Nazis on 22 March 1943.

This memorial event brought together archivists, historians, museum workers, members of the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, the “Historical Memory” Foundation, representatives of the higher education institutions, etc.

The exhibition was opened by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash.

The bulk of the exhibition features documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus revealing the details of the crime of the Nazis and their collaborators against the village of Khatyn. These are the documents of the Belarusian partisan formations, the German reports about the events of that day, the testimonies of the former executioners and eye-witnesses.

The exhibition shows investigation certificates and lists of victims testifying that the village of Khatyn was not the only one annihilated by the Nazis during the Occupation period of 1941-1944. In all, 628 villages shared the fate of Khatyn – they were burned to the ground together with residents, and 186 of them never rose from the ashes.

The theme of the Belarusian villages burned during the Nazi Occupation and the Khatyn tragedy has been reflected in a number of published collections of documents prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus: “Khatyn: Tragedy and Memory”, “The Khatyn Necropolis”, “The Tragedy of Belarusian Villages”, “The Burned Villages in Belarus”, “The Burned Villages in Russia”. All these books have been presented in the exhibition.

The Khatyn State Memorial Complex, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, and the Local State Archives in Borisov took part in the preparation of the exhibition.

The exhibition is designed in two versions: stationary – original documents displayed in showcases, and mobile – digital copies of documents and photos in eight banners.

Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”


Documentary exhibition “Khatyn, the Shrine of National Memory”

16 March 2018
On 15 March 2018 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash participated in the International scholarly conference “The Belarusian National Republic in the history of the Belarusian national statehood” and presented a report “Documents on the history of the Belarusian National Republic at the state archives of the Republic of Belarus”.

16 March 2018
On 14 March 2018 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash participated in the opening of an exhibition “1918: The Belarusian National Republic – The Idea. The Region. The State. The Way to Independence”, which took place at the National Historical Museum to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Belarusian National Republic.

The exhibition presents documents from the state archives of the Republic of Belarus – the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the National Historical Archives of Belarus and the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art.

Director of the Archives Department Viktor Kurash participates in the opening of an exhibition “1918: The Belarusian National Republic – The Idea. The Region. The State. The Way to Independence”

03 March 2018
On 1 March 2018 the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Records (BGAKFFD) and the State Institution of the Centralized System of State Public Libraries in Minsk held a traveling show of retrospective films from BGAKFFD Archives. The event took place at the Yanka Kupala Central Library in Minsk.

The speakers at the event were Director of the Centralized System of State Public Libraries in Minsk E. Kubyshkina and BGAKFFD Head for Records and Information Use Division T. Rakhmanko. Students of the Minsk Mikhail Glinka State Musical College performed musical works by Mikhail Musorgsky, Belarusian folk songs and songs from the Soviet Union period.

The event included the demonstration of documentaries “The Renewal of Minsk” (1946, dir. S. Sploshnov) and “My City” (1961, dir. V. Sheleg) about the restoration and reconstruction of Minsk in the period of 1945-1961 and a newsreel “Soviet Belarus” No. 2 (1977, dir. E. Kolas) dedicated to the celebration of the International Women’s Day 8th March.
















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