The fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917-1988 - discussion panel
On 13th December 2017 Sybir Memorial Museum hosted two outstanding specialists in the history of the Catholic Church in the East: Rev. Fr. Prof. Roman Dzwonkowski and Rev. Fr. Prof. Tadeusz Krahel. The priests appeared during the panel discussion the fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917-1988.
Bookfair "Students for Sybir Deportees"
„Students for Sybir Deportees” is an unique event organized by “Group East” Association, Odra-Niemen Association and History Students Science Club of Białystok University. On 5 and 6 of December 2017 the hall of the Faculty of History and Sociology turned into a crowdy bookfair visited by dozens of donors and book seekers. Most of the books for sale were given as donations by students and the event’s partners including Sybir Memorial Museum.
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.