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Current developments in the Augustów Roundup investigation

Current developments in the Augustów Roundup investigation

On 28 October 2014, the Central Military Archives (Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe, CAW) in Warsaw-Rembertów is going to provide Public Prosecutor Zbigniew Kulikowski with aerial photographs located in the course of a research query concerning the investigation into the crimes of the so-called Augustów Roundup in July 1945…

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Celebrations of the 69th anniversary of the Augustów Roundup: Giby, 20 July 2014

Celebrations of the 69th anniversary of the Augustów Roundup: Giby, 20 July 2014  | Augustów Roundup July 1945

The celebrations of the 69th anniversary of the Augustów Roundup were held in Giby on Sunday, 20 July 2014.

At the Memorial Cross on a hill, marking a symbolic grave of the victims, Bishop Romuald Kamiński celebrated the Mass for the souls of nearly six hundred residents of the districts of Suwałki, Augustów, Sejny, Sokółka and Dąbrowa who had been murdered by the Soviets in July 1945 for their membership in the Home Army (Armia Krajowa) and buried in a location that remains unknown until today.

The Mass was followed by the laying of wreaths and flowers at the Memorial Cross, speeches from the local MPs from the Suwałki region, Jarosław Zieliński and Bożena Kamińska, and a letter from the Governor (wojewoda) of the Province of Podlasie, read out by the General Director of the Provincial Office of Podlasie (Urząd Wojewódzki), Ewa Wojewódko.

Among the speakers was also the Director of the Białystok Branch of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), Barbara Bojaryn-Kazberuk, who informed those present about the steps taken over the last year in the course of investigation into the Augustów Roundup conducted by the Branch Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation in Białystok (Oddziałowa Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu, OKŚZpNP). She also talked about the IPN postulates presented during the talks between the Polish and Belarusian government in June this year, concerning such issues as access to archives which might be in possession of information on the location of the burial.

The celebration was attended by several hundred people, including the families of the victims. One of those present was Jan Krzywosz, who had lost his father and two uncles in the operation. In the late 1980s, he was a member of the Citizens Committee for the Search for the Residents of Suwałki Region Who Went Missing in July 1945 (Obywatelski Komitet Poszukiwań Mieszkańców Suwalszczyzny Zaginionych w Lipcu 1945 roku), banned by communist authorities. In 2007, Jan Krzywosz and other members of the committee: his wife Danuta, Piotr Bajer, Alicja Maciejowska, Mirosław Basiewicz (who was also present in Giby), Maria Chwalibóg and the late Stanisław Kowalczyk had been awarded the IPN Prize of Kustosz Pamięci Narodowej (the Guardian of National Memory). The celebration was also attended by several motorbike fans from Augustów.

The event was organised jointly by the IPN Branch in Białystok, the Head (wójt) of the Civil Parish of Giby and the local parish priest of St Anne’s.

published: 2014-10-06

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