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13 September 2021, 18:17

Opinion: Belarus' history should be viewed through eyes of its people

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MINSK, 13 September (BelTA) – The history of the country should be viewed through the eyes of its people, Sergei Tretyak, head of the Belarus Contemporary History Department at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences, told reporters on 13 September, BelTA has learned.

“You cannot re-write your history, your past for the sake of politics. Otherwise, you risk losing both your past and your future. Indeed, you cannot always reconcile the viewpoints of various nations on the same event, but you need to look at your own history through the eyes of your people. 18 March 1921 is a tragic date in Belarusian history; it was the day when we were divided. And then for almost two decades we continued as a divided nation taking different development paths. And it was not until September-November 1939 that this historical injustice was redressed,” Sergei Tretyak said.

The expert noted that the task of a historian is to defend historical truth and ‘to communicate this truth to their compatriots, the world around and descendants'.

Presentation of new books of the Belarus publishing house took place in Minsk on 13 September. The first collection of documents “Poland - Belarus. 1921-1953: Collection of documents and materials' is dedicated to the Belarus-Poland relations during the formation and strengthening of the Belarusian national statehood. It offers original archival documents on various aspects of Belarus-Poland relations in 1921-1953. This collection is a result of the collaboration of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the Central Archives of the KGB, the Historical Memory Foundation (Moscow).

The second book is ‘The Peace of Riga in the Fate of the Belarusian People: 1921-1953. Two volumes'. For the first time in Belarusian historiography, a two-volume edition has been prepared covering a number of complex problems of Belarusian history. It analyzes various ways of how the Peace of Riga of 1921 and its aftermath shaped the future of Belarusian people. Most of the materials have never been published before.

The books are designed for professional historians and a broad public, for everyone who is interested in the history of Belarus.

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