From May 17 to May 22, 2023, the next 3rd meeting of the Kazakh-Polish Historical Commission was held, established for the purpose of conducting joint scientific research on the history of Kazakh-Polish relations on June 6, 2022 in Bialystok, at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk and at the Museum of the Memory of Siberia in Bialystok. The commission includes the Ch. Valikhanov Institute of History and Ethnology of the KN of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Museum of Memory of Siberia with the support of the Museum of the Second World War in the Polish Republic.
The beginning of the commission’s work showed that the history of Poland, as well as the Kazakh statehood, is full of not only victories, achievements, achievements, but also many tragic pages. About 34 thousand ethnic Poles live in modern Kazakhstan. They are a living thread that spiritually binds and strengthens friendship between our peoples, which gives a new impetus to further research of the history of the two peoples.
The next 3rd meeting of the Commission was attended by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Poland Alim Kirabayev, who stressed that “the initiative to create a Kazakh-Polish Commission on history in 2022 as part of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries was timely. At present, the issues of history are becoming important. In this regard, the key role is played by the work of historians aimed at identifying objective facts of historical events. We are pleased to note that the Commission’s activities are reaching a new level, and the possibility of expanding cooperation in such areas as culture, education and art is being considered.” As part of the work of the Commission, a grand opening with the participation of the diplomatic corps of the exhibition “The Great Famine in Kazakhstan – an unknown history” was held at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk.
In addition, during the workshop, Memorandums of Cooperation were signed with the Faculty of History of the University of Gdansk and the Center for the Study of Genocide and Resistance of the Inhabitants of Lithuania. An official meeting was held with the director of the Museum of the German concentration camp “Stuthof”, during which the Kazakh side was given exclusive data on 15,000 prisoners of war of the Red Army soldiers, among whom there are many immigrants from Kazakhstan. Following the meeting of the Kazakh-Polish Historical Commission, it was decided to hold scientific forums, form collections of documents and identify information about the soldiers and officers of the Red Army who died on Polish soil – natives of Kazakhstan, and an initiative was also put forward to create an International congress of Researchers of Culture and History of Kazakhstan in Poland.