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Archive documents to highlight postwar Belarusian economy restoration effort

Society 15.10.2018 | 19:59

MINSK, 15 October (BelTA) – Archivists are busy preparing a series of editions about efforts to restore the war-torn Belarusian economy in 1943-1950, BelTA learned from Vyacheslav Selemenev, leading research worker of the Publications Department of the National Archive of the Republic of Belarus.

According to the source, Belarusian archivists initially intended to make one volume but the information they put together was too brief and patchy. The series of books will begin with agriculture, continue with manufacturing sector and other branches of the national economy. The first book on Belarus' economy restoration effort in 1943-1945 will be published in November in honor of the 75th anniversary since the army operation to liberate the country was launched. The series of books represents joint work of Belarusian and Russian archivists.

Vyacheslav Selemenev noted that virtually no documents concerning the restoration of the economy during the war and after the war have been published. The corpus of texts will number about 700 pages and over 250 documents. Multiple remarks and commentaries will be available. “We've decided to get rid of photos, because most of them are known well and hold little interest. We intend to continue the series by highlighting the restoration of Belarusian agriculture in 1946-1950. The book is supposed to be published next year,” said the archivist.

Mikhail Skomoroshchenko, Head of the Publications Department of the National Archive of Belarus, added that work on the series has been going on since 2015. The books are expected to raise the interest of a wide audience. “We would like to show the extremely hard work the Belarusian people did. We've been browsing Belarusian and Russian archives for three years to find the documents for the series and copy them. It was a very labor-intensive process,” he said.

Only 200 copies of the book on Belarus' economy restoration effort in 1943-1945 are supposed to be published.

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