Debating panel "Prisoners’ everyday life in Soviet prison system”
Who were the imprisoned in Soviet camps? What was their everyday life like? How high was the mortality rate among them? How did they get back home after being released? Looking for answers to these questions was the goal of participants attending the debating panel “Prisoners’ everyday life in Soviet prison system”.
The Communist Party of Western Belarus (1923-1938)
The Belarusian Revolutionary Organization (or the Belarusian Revolutionary Party) was one of the first communist organizations on the north-eastern territories of the Second Republic of Poland. In 1921 and 1922 more pro-communist groups emerged, whose members later staffed the Communist Party of Western Belarus (KPZB). The party consisted of six districts: Białystok, Vilnus, Brest, Pinsk, Hrodna and Baranovici.
Soviet Occupation in Białystok Province (1939-1941)
The German – Soviet Nonagression Pact (the Molotov – Ribbentrop Pact), which was signed on August 23 1939, accelerated the outbreak of World War II. On September 17 1939 at 3 a.m. (Polish time) the Red Army crossed the Polish border and took possession of north-eastern Poland. The Belarusian Front was commanded by General Mikhail Kovalov.
Ethnic relations and the policy of Soviet authorities on the north-eastern territories of the Second Republic (Western Belorussia)between 1939 and 1941
The period of Soviet occupation (1939-1941) was a totally new experience for the residents of the eastern territories of the Second Republic. Each of the nations received the Red Army (on September 17, 1939) with a different attitude which was largely due to the residents' nationalities and political views.