The Pilecki Institute in Warsaw is a new research and cultural institution whose main aim is to build an international archive of personal accounts concerning crimes committed in occupied Poland during the Second World War. Through a number of scholarships and research programs the Institute pursues reflection on the experience of the 20th century and the significance of European values – democracy and freedom. The patron of the Institute, Witold Pilecki, was a witness to the wartime fate of Poles and himself a victim of the German and Soviet totalitarian regimes. From today’s perspective, Pilecki’s incredible story can prompt us to rethink the Polish experience of modernity in its double aspect: both as the one that brought destruction on Europe and that which continues to serve as an inspiration for promoting freedom and democracy throughout the continent.
Instytut Pileckiego Foksal 17 00-372 Warszawa
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