Search announced for burial sites of victims of communism

Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, the deputy head of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) said that in 2019 the search for burial sites of the victims of communism would take place in 50 locations throughout the country, as well as abroad.

In Warsaw, exploration will take place in eight locations, including Pole Mokotowskie, where the large park is located.

Krzysztof Szwagrzyk stated that the presence of historians would in no way affect the accessibility of the park. The ​​work will cover an area measuring ​​100-150 meters long and a dozen meters wide, on the edge of Pole Mokotowskie.

He stressed that there were credible testimonies by witnesses that victims of the communist regime in the 1940s were buried in Pole Mokotowskie.

This year, the IPN will also conduct research abroad - with the exception of Ukraine, which still does not allow exhumations by Polish historians to be conducting on its territory. Mr Szwagrzyk said that this was a very important area from the point of view of Polish history, but it is the responsibility of diplomats to resolve the dispute.

The locations of IPN’s research will include, Belarus, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and the former concentration camp Ravensbrück in Germany.

Mr Szwagrzyk pointed out that in 2019, the genetic research of the remains found in the "Ł" (Łączki) quarters in Warsaw's Powązki war cemetery will be concluded. He claims that there was a high possibility that among them are the remains of Captain Witold Pilecki.