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Historical memory in the focus of Parliamentary hearings

Historical memory in the focus of Parliamentary hearings On April 29, 2021, the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus held parliamentary hearings "Territorial integrity and national unity of Belarus. Historical and legal aspects of the reunification of West Belarusian lands as a part of the BSSR". During the meeting, BISR analyst Igor Valakhanovich made a report: "The Polish anti-Soviet underground on the territory of Western Belarus in the post-war period".

In assessing the activities of the Polish anti-Soviet underground on the Belarusian territory in the post-war period, the speaker highlighted a number of factors:

1. The creation and activities of the Home Army (abbreviated AK) and the "post-AK" underground were, among other things, the consequence and the result of unresolved territorial Soviet-Polish matters of 1920s – 1940s. The "Polish issue" as a foreign policy case was settled not only in the course of diplomatic negotiations, but also in the course of activities of underground anti-Soviet armed groups with the Soviet authorities.

2. The activities of the "post-AK" underground on the territory of Western Belarus were inspired from the outside and were one of the destabilization factors of the Soviet Union internal policy during the "cold war". External support was one of the reasons for Polish anti-Soviet underground to be able to resist the Soviet state security and internal affairs bodies for such a long time.

3. The activities of the Polish anti-Soviet underground in the post-war period on the territory of Belarus were of both anti-Soviet (anticommunist) and anti-Belarusian character. The main goal of the "post-AK" underground activity was to restore the Polish state within the borders as of September 1939.

The status of the Belarussian SSR as one of the states-founders of the United Nations, as well as the post-war borders of the Belarussian SSR guaranteed by Yalta-Potsdam agreements, was not taken into account. This actually contested the right of the Belarusian nation to self-determination and own State. "Post-AK" underground was one of the serious threats to the further successful development of the Belarussian nation and the strengthening of the national and state identity of Belarussians within the BSSR as one of the historical forms of the Belarussian State.