European Day of Remembrance for Victims of totalitarian systems

Each year, the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War joins, with reflection, commemoration of the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of totalitarian systems.

This day was established, by the European Parliament and falls on 23 August, in memory of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, which was signed by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on that day in 1939. This international agreement, also known as the Hitler-Stalin pact, led to territorial partition many Central European countries, abused their severity and opened possibilities to further development of ideological totalitarianisms, based on principles of aggression, supremacy and a cult of personality.

The Museum is one of many institutions, who does not allow to forget about these facts. Our mission is to preserve the memory about victims of totalitarianisms and bring about the contemporaries the experience of soldiers in the Wehrmacht and the NKVD captivity, and, at the same time, to shape social responsibility for the present and future. The marked anniversary is an appropriate occasion to recall that prisoners-of-war are an important group of victims of totalitarianism, both collectively and individually.

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