KARTA Center

The KARTA Center (Polish: Ośrodek KARTA) or The KARTA Center Foundation (Polish: Fundacja Ośrodka KARTA) is a Polish non-governmental public benefit organization, whose aim is documenting and popularizing the recent history of Poland and history of Eastern Europe and strengthening tolerance and democracy.

History of the KARTA Center FoundationEdit

The KARTA community founded in 1982 in Warsaw during the time of martial law in Poland as an illegal underground paper, named Karta, focusing on political commentaries (19 issues), which was transformed after a few months into an independent almanac presenting human attitudes towards dictatorship (seven issues). In 1987 the Karta editorial team initiated the foundation of the independent Eastern Archive - a social movement documenting the concealed and distorted "Eastern" past (with nearly 200 people organized in 12 branches all over Poland in one year). Since 1990 Incorporation of the Eastern Archive Foundation and the KARTA Foundation had been cooperated closely with each other. In 1991 the KARTA Center founded combining all branches of both Foundations. In 1992 started the KARTA Center its international activities by "The Conscience Week in Poland", a meeting in Warsaw with 54 members of the Memorial Association (Russia, Ukraine). In 1996 the two Foundations merged. The objective of new KARTA Center Foundation was to "promote and strengthen tolerance and democracy". In 1996 there was the final of the first competition for high school students, the so-called "History at Hand".[citation needed]

The KARTA Center Foundation is a book and magazine publisher, organizes many exhibitions and educational events, and acts as an archive for documents. The KARTA Center co-founded in 2001 the EUSTORY, the European network of organizers of history competition in Europe, and take part in summer schools, autumn academies and General Assemblies. In 2005 KARTA initiated the History Meeting House in Warsaw with a permanent multimedia exhibition "The Faces of Totalitarianism", in the same year the launch of the Learning from history site. It is the center promoting the 20th century history, a place of educational and opinion-forming activities in Warsaw, Poland and internationally. Since March 2006 the History Meeting House is a local government cultural institution.[citation needed]

Focal points of the KARTA Center FoundationEdit

Retaining the pastEdit

The KARTA Center Foundation is collecting the oral and written statements and documents:


The oral-history-team records interviews and collects written statements about people experiences. The aim of the program is to record, archive and make available biographic accounts of the 20th century history witnesses.

Documents Emergency ServiceEdit

The team of the documents emergency service Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine helps to rescue the documents or to exhibit the documents to the publicity.

Archives and collectionsEdit

The KARTA Center Foundation curates its archives and collections:

Popularizing the historyEdit

Exhibitions and educational eventsEdit

The KARTA Center Foundation organizes exhibitions and educational events in the „History Meeting House“

Books and magazinesEdit

The KARTA Center Foundation publishes books and magazines, e.g. quarterly journal „Karta“ and selling them in the Internet.

Historic competitionsEdit

The KARTA Center organizes competition for pupils „History at Hand“ – projects of pupils based on history of everyday live and experiences of people in the 20th century. The competition is a part of the EUSTORY network.

Historic WebsitesEdit

The KARTA Center Foundation develops and manages Websites on historic topic: „Learning from the history“ (since 2005) and „The 20th century“ (since 2009).

Networking with European NGOs to popularize historyEdit

The KARTA Center Foundation co-founded in 2001 the EUSTORY, the European network of history competition organizers from 20 European countries, established by the Körber Foundation of Hamburg, and takes part in summer schools, autumn academies and General Assemblies.


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