Register of the Wolność i Niezawisłość miscellaneous records

Finding aid prepared by Justyna K. Szulc
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Wolność i Niezawisłość miscellaneous records
Date: 1936-1946
Collection Number: 95046
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Polish
Physical Description: 1 half-manuscript box (0.2 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection is comprised of newsletters, memoranda, letters, leaflets, and flyers relating to Polish opposition to Soviet and communist forces at the end of World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Wolność i Niezawisłość (Organization)


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wolnosc i Niezawislosc miscellaneous records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995.


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Historical note

Wolność i Niezawisłość (WiN) (Freedom and Independence), an underground anti-communist organization, was established on September 2, 1945 in Warsaw, Poland. Its main goal was to fight communism and the Sovietification of Poland through political channels, with minimal military action. However, hostility between WiN and communist organizations such as the Polish Ministry of Public Security, the Polish Worker’s Party, and the NKVD often led to provocation, resulting in violence. Realizing that victory through violence was impossible, members of WiN instead chose to focus on fighting the communists through anti-communist propaganda and providing assistance to all those who opposed the communist government.
By 1952, WiN ceased to exist as a large scale organization, mainly due to the efforts of the Ministry of Public Security and its leader, Jakub Berman, who assassinated a number of the organization’s prominent members.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is composed of letters, printed matter, reports, personal orders, notices, and orders of promotion, as well as a file regarding Akcja “O” (Operation “O”).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Anti-communist movements--Poland.
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements.

Box-folder : 1 : 1

Akcja "O" (Operation "O"), 1946

Scope and Contents

Akcja “O” was a large WiN anti-communist operation conducted through the use of various types of propaganda. Its main purpose was to weaken communist organizations such as the Ministry of Public Security and the Polish Worker’s Party. The operation was also meant to inform the Polish people of the transgressions and injustices committed against them by the communist groups.
Box-folder : 1 : 2

Donosy (Accusations), circa 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 3

Biuletyny (Newsletters), 1944-1945

Box-folder : 1 : 4

Karty rozpoznawcze (Identification cards,) 1942

Box-folder : 1 : 5

List na otoczenie (Circular), undated

Box-folder : 1 : 6

List na upatrzonego (Letter to the target), 1944

Box-folder : 1 : 7

Listy członków (List of members) 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 8

Lusia, 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 9

Mapy (maps), circa 1936-1940

Box-folder : 1 : 10

Polska Partia Robotnicza (Polish Worker's Party), circa 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 12

Powiatowy Urząd Ziemski (District Land Office), 1944-1945

Box-folder : 1 : 12

Przepustki (Passes), 1944-1945

Box-folder : 1 : 13

Publikacje (Publications), 1939-1946

Box-folder : 1 : 14

Raporty (Reports), 1945-1946

Box-folder : 1 : 15

Robak, Michał, 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 16

Rozkazy personalne (Personal orders), 1945

Box-folder : 1 : 17

Rozliczenia (Settlements), 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 18

Szyfr (Cipher), circa 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 19

Według rozdzielnika (According to distribution list), circa 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 20

Wiersze (Poems), circa 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 21

Wnioski - odznaczenia i awanse (Decorations and promotions), 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 22

Zawiadomienia (Notices), 1946

Box-folder : 1 : 23

Fotografie (Photographs), undated

Box-folder : 1 : 24

Miscellaneous (Różne), undated