IPN signs agreement with US agency searching for missing soldiers

Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) signed an agreement with Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), an entity of the US Department of Defence whose task is to recover military personnel listed as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).

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IPN announced that the agreement concerns cooperation between both institutions.

“It regulates planned common search for missing remains of US troops in Poland, exchange of knowledge and experience of works that already had been conducted,” the Institute reports in a statement.

“This agreement is a kind of confirmation that what we do in Poland... can be a basis of cooperation which never existed before. We are proud that IPN was chosen as an institution that will cooperate with the American agency,” Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, the deputy head of IPN told the Polish Press Agency.

Representatives of the Polish Institute recently visited the headquarters of DPAA, where, as IPN reported, “they could learn about the specifics of the Agency’s activities concerning searching for American soldiers, archaeological and the methodology of identification research.”

“The Americans for many years have been perfectly showing how the state can take care of its heroes, how it finds their remains, looking for them all over the world and identifying them regardless how many years passed from the death of soldiers,” Mr Szwagrzyk said.

For many years, IPN has been looking for burial places of victims of totalitarian crimes, not only in Poland but also in Belarus, Germany and Lithuania.