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Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych Rządu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Londynie. Biuro ds. Zbrodni Wojennych (Sygn. GK 159)

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2015.51 | RG Number: RG-15.359

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    This collection contains materials related to the research and investigation of perpetrators of war crimes such as: witness testimonies after the invasion of Germany in September 1939, reports of crimes committed against Poles on Polish territory and in Germany, lists of local German officials, Gestapo chief officers, guards of concentration camps, data related to concentration camps, German police authorities, accounts of Polish refugees about the conditions of life in Poland and crimes committed against civilians by the occupation authorities and Wehrmacht in the initial period of occupation, data concerning German officials and party activists, card files of individuals suspected of collaboration in the destruction of Polish culture and employed by German institutions, lists and card files of German war criminals, materials concerning the extermination of Jews in Poland, “applications of accusations,” and file Nos. 1-43 of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC, Międzynarodowa Komisja Badania Zbrodni Wojennych) concerning German crimes committed in Poland.
    Alternate Title
    Selected records of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Poland in London. Office for War Crimes
    inclusive:  1939-1945
    Collection Creator
    Rzad Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej na uchod?stwie
    Rząd Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej na uchodźstwie (Government of the Republic of Poland in Exile) was established after Germany and the Soviet Union occupied Poland in September 1939. The Polish government-in-exile was first based in Paris, but moved to London after the French army surrendered to the Germans in the mid-1940s. The Allied powers accepted the government-in-exile as the legitimate representative of the Polish people soon after it was created. The Polish government allied itself with the Allied powers, as its members believed that only a total military victory over Germany would restore Poland's independence and freedom. The government-in-exile led the Polish war effort throughout World War II, and amassed its own land, air, and naval forces. In addition, it commanded the largest underground army of the war, the Armia Krajowa (the Polish Home Army). In 1942, reports about the mass murder of Jews in Poland reached London. At that point, the Polish government-in-exile made several public declarations on the subject, and officially demanded that the Allied powers stop the Germans from continuing their campaign to murder Jews, and other individuals they deemed undesirable. From December 1942 onward, the government-in-exile backed the rescue work of Zegota, which offered aid to Jews throughout occupied Poland.

    Physical Details

    German Polish
    5,789 digital images : PDF ; 915 MB .
    1 CD.
    System of Arrangement
    Selected records arranged in six series: 1. Witness testimonies, 1940-1945; 2. Reports of crimes committed against Polish people, and lists of Polish localities, which names were changed by Germans, 1940-1941; 3. Applications accusing war criminals, 1940; 4. Files of war crimes, 1944; 5. Protocols, 1944; 6. Testimonies of Polish refugees, 1939-1940.

    Records are arranged in the original order of their acquisition from the source archive. The museum has acquired only selected records from Institute of National Remembrance (Instytut Pamięci Narodowej-Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu, or IPN). More information about this collection and other materials in the possession of the Institute of National Remembrance, including archival finding aids from the Archives of the Institute of National Remembrance, is available at the website:

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. Researchers must complete and sign a User Declaration form before access is granted to materials from the Institute of National Remembrance (Instytut Pamięci Narodowej).
    Conditions on Use
    1. Each researcher using the materials obtained from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) or materials whose originals belong to the IPN must complete the registration procedure required by USHMM.
    2. Publication or reproduction of documents (in the original language, in facsimile form or in the form of a translation of an excerpt or of the entire document) or making them available to a third party in any form requires the written consent of the Institute of National Remembrance ( The use of an excerpt defined as the fair use right to quote does not require obtaining consent.
    3. Researchers assume all responsibility for the use of materials that belong to the Institute of National Remembrance.
    4. References to documents that belong to the Institute of National Remembrance must cite the Institute of National Remembrance as the owner of the original documents and include the full reference citation of the Institute of National Remembrance in the citations.

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    Administrative Notes

    Source of acquisition is the Instytut Pamięci Narodowej-Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu (IPN), Sygn. GK 159. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in 2015
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