The following teaser is from the January 18, 2016 edition of belta.by:
MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – Austrian historian Hubert Steiner gave Belarus the copies of the deportation orders from the Austrian State Archives containing the names of the Austrian Jews who were killed by the Nazis in the concentration camp Trostenets, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of Belarus in Austria.
Hubert Steiner’s visit to Minsk on 15-20 January has been organized by the Belarusian embassy in Austria. For many years the historian and referent of the Austrian State Archives has studied the deportation of Austrian Jews to the death camp Trostenets during the Second World War.
Belarusians with Polish roots may encounter difficulties in obtaining certificates in their immediate family due to the fact that members of the State Archives have received a secret order to stop the issuance of such certificates. Some experts attribute this to the situation around the so-called “Polish Card.”
“Polish Card” is a document which allows the Belarusians with Polish roots to travel to Poland without a visa and get a job there, as well as some benefits.
In order to obtain “Polish Card,” Belarusian citizens must prove that their parents or grandparents were Polish. People need to contact the churches and the state archives for the related documents. Now it’s almost impossible to get the necessary information from the archives, “Belarusian partisans.”