The Issues of Polish Prisoners of War and Interments during World War II on the Eastern Front in Historiography
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Comprehensive research on the issues of Polish prisoners of war on the Eastern front during World War II as well as internments in Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and Hungary that would result in explanation of all their aspects and elaboration of the study on Polish prisoners of war from the Eastern front have not been carried out yet. There are no syntheses on German prisoners of war as well. In the past several years the issues of German prisoners of war have been kept in the background due to system changes and the fact that the issues of the Soviet captivity were removed from the list of taboo subjects in the People's Republic of Poland as well as the archives in the states of former USSR were opened. Despite voices claiming that the issues of Polish prisoners of war in German camps have been thoroughly elaborated, the stories of the prisoners after their release, for example, have not been researched. A lot of monographs bears the stamp of the times they were created in. The interpretation of the events, facts and even the choice of archive sources, frequently besmirches work's quality. What is more, despite rich historiography, the issue of Polish prisoners in USSR has not been comprehensively elaborated yet. It requires further detailed research on the basis of archive sources, particularly those stored in Russian archives. The need to elaborate a comprehensive study on the issues of the Home Army's soldiers in NKVD camps is worth emphasizing, and their formal and legal status should be explained in particular. There are no monographs on internments in Lithuania and Latvia too. Internments in Hungary are also waiting for a new monographic study.
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