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November 11, Polish Independence day in communist Poland

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   On November 11, 1918, Józef Piłsudski (Poland’s Chief of State) took over the authority over the […]

Witold Pilecki and the first ever comprehensive report on Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz atrocities

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska On September 19, 1940 Witold Pilecki, a member of the Secret Polish Army, let himself get caught […]

Soviet invasion of Poland

By Beata Bruggean-Sekowska   On September 17 about 1 million troops of the Red Army crossed the eastern borders of […]

AMERIKATSI, Armenian submission for Oscars about Soviet harsh reality

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska   ”AMERIKATSI” (meaning “American” in Armenian) has been selected by Armenia as its submission for the Best […]

Ryszard Siwiec: first self-immolation against communist oppression

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska On September 8, 1968, Ryszard Siwiec committed suicide by public self-immolation in protest against the Warsaw Pact invasion of […]

Elektrėnai Soviet purpose built town in Lithuania

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska     Born and spending my childhood and teenage years in occupied by totalitarian communist system Poland […]

June 17, 1953: workers against the so-called “workers’ state” GDR

The first major popular uprising against communist oppression in Central/Eastern Europe by Patrick van Schie Between 1954 and 1990, June […]

Launch of the 2nd part of ‘’Siberian Exiles’’

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   On May 13th at the Nederlands Fotomuseum a launch of the ‘’Siberian Exiles’’ part 2 by […]

The ‘Heritage from the Cold War’ map is now online and available for everyone to view

The Menno van Coehoorn Foundation has started an inventory of Cold War heritage in the Netherlands. The aim of this […]

A Polish woman as a prisoner in communist Russia

Book review: Barbara Skarga, ‘’After the liberation. Notes on the Gulag’’, 1944-1956 (Amsterdam, 2022) ISBN 9789403107226; 432 pp., €34.99 by […]