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Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnetrznych issuances
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Reports and bulletins, relating to Polish politics and government; social conditions in Poland; the German and Soviet occupations of Poland; and the Polish underground movement during World War II. Includes reports and studies prepared by the Ministries of National Defense and Military Affairs.
As a direct result of the German and Soviet occupation of Poland, the government of the country was forced into exile in September 1939 with its first headquarters in Angers, France and later London, England. Polish government-in-exile, despite the situation in state, managed to hold considerable influence over what was happening in Poland at the time, largely due to the efforts of the Polish underground movement and the resilience of the Polish citizenry. Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych (MSW) (Ministry of Internal Affairs) did not form until 1940, while the government was in exile in London. The main role of MSW was to oversee the Polish underground state and to maintain a stable connection between the occupied country and the government-in-exile. While fulfilling its duties, the MSW received updates from the underground state on the social and physical condition of the occupied nations. As a result, the agency was able to produce various bulletins, communiques, reports and studies and thus chronicle the situation in 1940s occupied Poland.
12 manuscript boxes (4.8 Linear Feet)
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