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  • 20 February 2018

    The IPN delegation consisting of Jan Baster, Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Adam Siwek, Director of the Office for Commemorating the Struggle and Martyrdom and Agnieszka Jędrzak, Head of the Division of International Relations visited Canada on February 14-17.

    On 14 and 15 February, upon the invitation of Andrzej Kurnicki, the Polish Ambassador in Canada, the representatives of the Institute of National Remembrance attended thematic meetings with organisations involved in the construction of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa.

    On February 16-17, upon the invitation of Consul General Krzysztof Grzelczyk, the IPN delegation under the chairmanship of the Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance Jan Baster stayed in Toronto. On February 16, the representatives of the along with the Consul General and Consul Andrzej Szydło visited the Niagara Historical Society and Museum dedicated to Camp Kosciuszko in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where over 22,000 volunteers from Canada and the United States were trained to the Polish Army in France during the First World War . Moreover, the representatives  paid homage to the soldiers resting at the "Hallerczyk cemetery", the only one of this kind in North America. On November 27, 1923, General Józef Haller, along with doctor Michał Straszewski, Consul  General in Montreal, decorated the monument of Polish soldiers with the Silver Cross of the War Order Virtuti Militari. The representatives of the Institute of National Remembrance attended a meeting with the Polish diaspora at the headquarters of the Polish National Alliance, preceded by a press conference, they answered questions about the possible participation of the IPN in the building of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, amending the Act on the IPN and future cooperation with the Institute which would enable effective responses to defamations appearing in foreign media. The meeting, which gathered a very large number of participants, began with the speech of President Jan Baster regarding the project of creating the commemoration as well as the activities of the IPN in Canada. Adam Siwek presented the tasks and activities of the Office for Commemorating the Struggle and Martyrdom and Agnieszka Jędrzak discussed  current international projects. The representatives further responded to numerous questions about the effectiveness of the amendment to the Act on the IPN, Polish-Jewish relations and Polish-Ukrainian relations, as well as increasing the distribution of educational and popular science materials for the needs of the Polish diaspora. The guests also appealed to the audience to pass on documents and materials to the Archive as part of the "Archive Full of Remembrance” project and to nominate people , institutions and organisations for the IPN’s Custodian of National Memory Award. On February 17, President Jan Baster together with Consul General Krzysztof Grzelczyk and the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Heritage, Arif Virani laid flowers at the Katyn Monument and honored the victims of the Smoleńsk Disaster.


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