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Register of the Poland. Ministerstwo Informacji i Dokumentacji Records, 1939-1945
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Description
Correspondence, reports, bulletins, memoirs, and photographs, relating to conditions in Poland during World War II, deportation of Poles to the Soviet Union, the Katyn Forest Massacre, and activities of Polish armed forces and of the Polish Government-in-Exile. Includes release certificates and reports of several thousand Polish deportees released from the Soviet Union in 1941. A digital copy of this entire collection is available at http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/800/41/0/-/ .
Background
The origins of the Ministry of Information and Documentation go back to the inception of the Polish government in exile in October 1939 in Paris. At first it had neither a definite organizational structure nor a name. It was referred to as the Office (urzad) or Bureau of Information and Documentation. By April 1940, the unit was named Center of Information and Documentation, and in September 1940 the Center was reorganized into the Ministry of Information and Documentation, a designation it carried for the remainder of the war and in the years that followed.
Extent
246 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 8 envelopes, 13 microfilm reels (105 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
Collection open for research.