"Courage and responsibility : independence underground  in Europe in the years 1939–1945. Organization, people, forms and methods of struggle "

Toruń, 26-27 November 2020 (Collegium Humanisticum, ul. Bojarskiego 1)



For the thirtieth time, to celebrate the Independence Day, the General Elżbieta Zawacka Foundation (FGEZ)  organizes a scientific conference. 2020 is a special year  because of the 30th  anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation  of the "Pomeranian Archives of the Home Army" upon the initiative of General Elżbieta Zawacka. After the death of General Zawacka, the Foundation Council gave it the name "General Elżbieta Zawacka Foundation". The Foundation Council decided to celebrate this anniversary with the 2nd  Congress of Historians  of Independence Underground, co-organized with the Institute of History and Archival Sciences at the Faculty of Historical Sciences of  Nicolaus Copernicus University, the Faculty of Historical Sciences of  Nicolaus Copernicus University and the Institute of National Remembrance. The Foundation Council unanimously decided that the theme of the Congress should be: "Courage and responsibility: independence underground in Europe in the years 1939–1945. Organization, people, forms and methods of struggle”.

The Congress shall take place on 26-27 November 2020 in Toruń (Collegium Humanisticum UMK – Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Bojarskiego 1) and will consist of several parallel parts: a scientific conference, historical workshops, and thematic exhibitions. The whole event will be celebrated with a concert and a gala dinner on 26 November 2020.


We are pleased to invite  professional historians / museologists / educators to participate actively in the Congress, which will take place on 26-27 November 2020 in Toruń (Collegium Humanisticum UMK, ul. Bojarskiego 1).

Please submit the topics of your speeches and workshops by 31 March 2020 using the registration form available at: www.zawacka.pl/congres


The Congress will consist of lectures, workshop parts and presentations of historical exhibitions. The topics of the papers should fall within the broad theme of the Congress ("Courage and responsibility: independence underground in Europe in the years 1939–1945. Organization, people, forms and methods of struggle"), with particular regard to the following issues:

1) Resistance movement or independence underground? Different definitions and ranges of resistance in occupied Europe;

2) Occupation system or systems in conquered Europe;

3) Comparative studies of resistance movements in occupied Europe;

4) Guerilla in occupied Europe;

5) Uprisings in Europe;

6) Polish Underground State - politics, administration, army;

7) Disputes over the balance of resistance;

8) Politics, ideas and struggle;

9) Forms and methods of resistance;

10) Social attitudes towards the underground activities;

11) Biographies.



The time to deliver a paper should not exceed 30 minutes, the communication - 20 minutes, while workshop classes should not last longer than 60 minutes.

Please attach the abstract of the paper /communication or information about the workshop (1000 characters with spaces) and one-sentence information about yourself (+ photo in .jpg format) to the registration application (we will prepare conference materials in the form of a folder for Congress guests).

Speakers will be honoured; we also offer accommodation (for a nominal fee) and meals. We also ensure the publication of texts sent and qualified for printing by the Editorial Committee of the Foundation Library as part of the prepared post-conference materials (including reviewing procedures). A text up to 60,000 characters with spaces should be delivered by the deadline of 30 November  2020. REPORT A SPEECH/ARTICLE


To the 2nd Congress of Historians  of Independence Underground we invite  everyone interested in the history of independence struggle in Europe in 1939-1945: historians, museum workers, educators, teachers, pupils and students. At the Congress, everyone will be able to find something interesting for them both in scientific and educational terms. A detailed program will be published in September 2020. However, it is worth registering as a guest by reserving accommodation if you need one.

For guests using accommodation (Hotel Mercury, ul. Krasińskiego 1), the organizer charges a conference fee of 40  PLN / person regardless of the number of nights (from 1 to 3 nights).

The organizer does not charge conference fees from guests not using accommodation. REGISTRATION FOR CONGRESS


prof. dr hab. Bogdan Chrzanowski (University of Gdańsk / Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo /FGEZ),
prof. dr hab. Andrzej Gąsiorowski (University of Gdańsk / Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo /FGEZ),
prof. dr hab. Mirosław Golon (Institute of  National Remembrance/Nicolaus Copernicus University/General Elżbieta Zawacka Foundation- FGEZ)
prof. dr hab. Sylwia Grochowina (Nicolaus Copernicus University/FGEZ),
prof. dr hab. Jarosław Kłaczkow (Nicolaus Copernicus University),
Dorota Kromp (FGEZ/Nicolaus Copernicus University),
Eugenia Maresch (President of the Board of the Polish Undeground Movement Study Trust),

dr Janusz Marszalec (Museum of the City of Gdańsk/FGEZ),
prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Mikulski (Nicolaus Copernicus University),
dr Katarzyna Minczykowska (FGEZ),
dr hab. Przemysław Olstowski (Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences/FGEZ),
prof. dr hab. Stanisław Roszak (Nicolaus Copernicus University)
Dorota Zawacka-Wakarecy (President of the Board of the General Elżbieta Zawacka Foundation - FGEZ)


Katarzyna Minczykowska Ph.D. (coordination of substantive matters: registration of speakers / educators / exhibitions; contact with co-organizers and the organizing committee; leaflets)


Dorota Zawacka-Wakarecy (finanse)


Natalia Łata (umowy autorskie)
Agnieszka Łuczywek-Warszewska (hotele)
+48 56 65 22 185, kongres[at]zawacka.pl


Rafał Mikulski, r_mik[at]wp.pl


Agnieszka Chabros












Zadanie: „II Kongres Historyków Konspiracji Niepodległościowej jest finansowane w ramach umowy 796/P-DUN/2019
ze środków Ministra Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego przeznaczonych na działalność upowszechniającą naukę