Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites

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The Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites (Polish: Rada Ochrony Pamięci Walk i Męczeństwa) is a Polish government body charged with the preservation of historical sites of wartime persecution of the Polish nation.[1] It was set up by Act of Parliament on 2 July 1947 and, since 1988, is under the direct responsibility of the Prime Minister's Office.

Members of the Council are appointed by the Prime Minister for four-year terms. The Chairman of the Council is Władysław Bartoszewski (since 2001), while the Secretary is Andrzej Kunert.

Aims and objectives[edit]

The Council's tasks include providing logistical help to museums of fight and martyrdom and offering consultation and advice to leading Polish museums of World War II in particular Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Treblinka, Stutthof, Stalag Łambinowice, Żabikowo Fort VII, Gross-Rosen in Rogoźnica, and Radogoszcz station and museum. The Council is responsible for scheduling and organizing celebrations, exhibitions and publishing projects, as well as popularizing in mass media the historical facts, figures and notable persons associated with the struggle for freedom and wartime martyrdom of the nation. The Council is also in charge of assessing the current state of the sites of national memory, the public monuments, cemeteries, and mass graves of victims of Nazi and Soviet terror, and places of battles, including their commemoration initiatives.[2]

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  1. ^ Ustawa z dnia 21 stycznia 1988 r. o Radzie Ochrony Pamięci Walk i Męczeństwa
  2. ^ Kancelaria Sejmu. "Ustawa o Radzie Ochrony Pamięci Walk i Męczeństwa z dnia 21 stycznia 1988r" (PDF file, direct download). Dz.U. z 1988 r. Nr 2, poz. 2, z 1996 r. Nr 106, poz. 496, z 2000 r. Nr 31, poz. 382. Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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