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Eastern Archive of the KARTA Centre


The Eastern Archive, initiated in 1987, is a collection of testimonies gathered from former Polish citizens, repressed by the Soviet Union after the 1939, imprisoned, resettled, etc. Their remembrance was excluded from the official view of the past during the communist era. At the end of the Polish Peoples’ Republic it became possible to make it more public.



  • Polish

Name of collection

  • Eastern Archive

Provenance and cultural activities

Description of content


  • manuscripts (ego-documents, diaries, notes, letters, drafts, etc.): 1000-
  • publications (books, newspapers, articles, press clippings)
  • voice recordings (including oral history recordings): 1000-
  • voice recordings (including oral history recordings): 1000-

Date of founding

  • 1987

Place of founding

Important events in the history of the collection

Access type

  • visits by appointments

Part of network


Ziętal, Katarzyna, editor. Archiwistyka społeczna. Warszawa: Ośrodek KARTA, 2012.

Gluza, Zbigiew. Odkrycie KARTY. Niezależna strategia pamięci. Warszawa: Ośrodek KARTA, Dom Spotkań z Historią, 2012.

Harchut, Monika, interview by Melon, Maciej, May 11, 2016. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection

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