The atlas of the independence underground in Poland 1944-1956

The atlas of the independence underground in Poland shows the phenomenon of organized resistance on the territory of post-war Poland and eastern lands of II Polish Republic (...). The reader gets information about activity of both big, national (...) and small regional organizations (...) as well as local few-members and youth resistance organizations.


The book is, thanks to rich iconographic material, atlas, guide to the underground and album with unique (mainly first-time published) photographies and copies of documents in one.

The atlas has a chance to become important scientifical and educational position as it is, in many aspects, leading publication based on wide archival studies and showing in clear and spectacular graphic way the phenomenon of the underground resistance during the 1944-1956 period.

from the preface by Janusza Kurtyki
Head of Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (Institute of National Remembrance)

The Atlas, published in 2007, is the effect of a few years of work. The concept of it appeared in the branch of Public Education Office of IPN in Lublin. The work has been done by historians from all over Poland, while cartographic concept has been developed in Departmen of Cartography UMCS in Lublin.

The chronological frames of presented subject are based on Soviet offensive (January 1944) and December 1956 changes in Poland, resulting in "coming out of forest" by still hiding underground soldiers.

The Atlas (650 pages in one volume) consists of three parts - introduction, main and appendixes. The main, cartographic-documentary part, consists of maps accompanied by text info and photographs.

The Atlas has won the contest (jury and readers' choice) "Historical book of the year" organized by IPN, Polish Television and Polish Radio.

The cartographic redaction of the Atlas has been done by employee and doctoral students of Department of Cartography, Maria Curie-Skłodowskia University in Lublin led by prof. dr hab. Mieczysław Sirko.

The atlas contains almost 400 maps made based on draughts prepared by historians. Maps present situation in regional aspects (by voivodships) and main scales are 1:1 000 000 and 1:2 000 000.

I've made almost 90 maps - all maps of territorial structures except stuctures on former (pre-war) II RP territories (Soviet Union after II World War)..

Atlas polskiego podziemia niepodległościowego 1944-1956
Editors: Rafał Wnuk, Sławomir Poleszak, Agnieszka Jaczyńska, Magdalena Śladecka
Cartographic editorkartograficzna: Krzysztof Kałamucki
Instytu Pamięci Narodowej. Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu. Warszawa-Lublin 2007