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Difficult Issues in History and Archives

XVI International Conference
on Archives of the States
of Eastern and Central Europe

Difficult Issues in History and ArchivesWarsaw, 19-20 May 2016


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Programme of the conference

The Head Office of State Archives,
2D Rakowiecka Street, Warszawa

 Programme (pdf)

18 May 2016 (Wednesday)


Arrival of participants


Walk through the city  and visit to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum
(for registered participants only)


19 May 2016 (Thursday)


9:00-9:30 Registration and morning coffee

Archives and processes of explaining and solving difficult issues in history, p.1


How can archives approach difficult issues in history? – Władysław Stępniak (Poland)

Appraisal and disposal of documents in contemporary archival science.
The influence on historical research – Cristian Anita (Romania)

Restoration of Estonian citizenship – Ivar Kaigu (Estonia)

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

Archives and processes of explaining and solving difficult issues in history, p. 2


Intelligentsia and reactionary monarchical regime 1905-1914 in documentary memory of Belarus
– Olha Dolatava (Belarus)

Holdings of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus as historical sources on Polish-Belarusian relations 1939-1945 – Anatoli Vialiki (Belarus)

Role of archives in explaining Polish-Jewish relations during the World War II  – Anna Krochmal (Poland)

Displacement of Latvian Archives during the World War II – Kārlis Zvirgzdiņš (Latvia)


13:00-14:00 Lunch

Archives and processes of explaining and solving difficult issues in history, p. 3


Continuity of great Serbian Policy in South Slavic regions – Adamir Jerković
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)

New aspects of commemoration of the victims in the period of Independence of the Republic
of Uzbekistan Alidjan Makhkamov (Uzbekistan)

Commemoration of military and civilian victims of wars and military conflicts in 20th century in the Polish archives policy Ewa Rosowska-Jakubczyk (Poland)

Role of the archive of the Institute of National Remembrance in explaining and solving domestic historical problems on the example of security services records of the labour protest in Poznań in June 1956 Rafał Reczek (Poland)

Collecting holdings of the Institute of National Remembrance the law and practice Teresa Gallewicz-Dołowa (Poland)


16:00-16:30 Coffee break

Archives and processes of explaining and solving difficult issues in history, p. 4


Collecting the special archives of the former security services – the ‘End’ or the ‘Beginning’ of the process. Problematical moments with the files of the Military Intelligence – what does that archive keep? – Boris Mihaylov (Bulgaria)

Reform of access to the archives of communist security services in Ukraine  – Andrij Kohut (Ukraine)

To be or not to be? The question of the collaborators of secret police from the perspective of Securitate archives – Abraham Florin (Romania)

Reconstruction of damaged archival records. Comparison of methods adopted by the Office
for the Preservation and Dissemination of Archival Records of the Institute of National Remembrance,
Branch in Katowice and the Stasi Records Agency (BStU) – Tomasz Marszałek, Jarosław Łabowicz (Poland)

Discussion and summary

19:30 Reception



20  May 2016 (Friday)


Archives and population resettlement in 20th century


Archival records from the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Poles who found themselves in Kazakhstan in 1930s as a result of random events – Lyazzat Aktayeva (Kazahstan)

Records of the State Archives of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast on forced resettlement of Poles and Ukrainians
in 1944-1947 – Igor Grynyk (Ukraine)

Publishing activity of the Federal Archival Agency and federal state archives – Andrey Yurasov (Russia)


10:45-11:15 Coffee break

Archives and other challenges of the contemporary world


Plans of cities and little towns of Lithuania: the way from attempts to destroy to International Memory
of the World Register of UNESCO – Vaidas Agurkis (Lithuania)

Audiovisual records in digital space (experience of the Central State Audiovisual Archives of Ukraine) – Tetiana Yemelianova (Ukraine)

Information content of technical and scientific records as a key to explaining contentions or an evidence of unaccomplished ideas – Anna Alekseenko (Ukraine)

Evolution of informatisation in archives of Ukraine. Theory and practice – Oleksandr Garanin, Yurii Kovtaniuk (Ukraine)

Reflection of the repressive politics of the Soviet occupation authorities in Moldavian SSR in declassified archival records in Moldova – Ion Varta (Moldova)

Discussion and closing


  Programme (pdf)