In reaction to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, the Pilecki Institute in Warsaw formed the Raphael Lemkin Center for Documenting Russian Crimes in Ukraine to collect the accounts of Ukrainian civilians and military personnel to secure evidence of crimes committed by the Russian troops in Ukraine. Raphael Lemkin was a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent who is best known for coining the term GENOCIDE and initiating the Genocide Convention.
The task of the unit will be to collect and preserve evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russian troops on Ukrainian territory, and especially to collect and record witness testimonies.
The truth about the suffering of Ukraine will be recorded! We are appealing to volunteers for support in collecting the accounts of the Ukrainian people. If you know the Ukrainian language and are willing to help in documenting the testimonies, please email us at email@example.com or fill out the form.
The story of witnesses of Russian aggression will be recorded by employees of the “Witnesses of the Age” project (YouTube channel), who have experience in collecting filmed testimonies and working with oral history. The Institute cooperates with historians, researchers of the crimes of totalitarianism in the 20th century, and experts in international humanitarian law of armed conflicts. Ukrainian-speaking volunteers who wish to help conduct interviews with refugees will be trained in advance by Institute staff.