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  • Title: Poland, Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych issuances
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1946
    Date (bulk): (bulk, 1940-1945)
    Collection Number: 47020
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In English, Polish, and French
    Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes (4.8 linear feet)
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnetrznych.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych issuances, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1947.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the library catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Historical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is composed of bulletins, communiques, and reports created by the Polish government-in-exile in London, particularly Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych, during the period of 1940-1945. The documents in the collection provide an overview of the Polish politics and government in-state during the period of German occupation. Materials discuss the social conditions in occupied Poland and provide detailed descriptions of terror, torture, false imprisonment, and extermination of Jews, Poles and various other nationalities residing in Poland during the time period. Additionally, the collection comprises of various studies focusing on the effect of war on children, concentration camps, educatin, and overviews of the situation on the western and eastern European lands under the control of German government.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Poland. Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej.
    Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Wojskowych.
    Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
    Poland--Social conditions.
    World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
    World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements.