Nearly 300 documents issued by the Nazi-German occupiers of Poland in the years of 1939-1944 have been secured by the police.
The documents were put on sale by an inhabitant of the Warsaw Bielany district. Doing so, the man violated Polish law, which makes the hiding of WWII archival documents away from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) illegal. Private ownership of such archival documents requires a special permit. The vendor demanded PLN 59,000 (EUR 12,840) for the documents.
Whether the person was aware of those facts or not remains unknown. Marked with index numbers suggesting them being part of a post-WWII archive, it is also unclear how the documents ended up in the seller’s possession.
“The man who was about to sell the documents has bought them at one of Warsaw’s marketplaces,” the Warsaw police spokesperson said.
The acquired documents contain construction and technical drafts of various devices, handwritten notes, and materials on the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) and the Hitler Youth (Hilterjugend).
“The secured documents contain information on the actions of German occupier authorities’ activities in the city of Łódź against Polish citizens in 1939-1944 and also on the losses and damage suffered by the Polish nation in WWII,” Prosecutor Robert Janicki of the IPN said adding that “they will therefore prove important to the research on the modern history of Poland.”