The June 1989 elections held in Poland are an important historical milestone that helped trigger the end of the Cold War. They were the first in a string of momentous events that signaled the beginning of the end of communist rule, first in Poland and then across Eastern Europe as former Soviet bloc countries each took their first steps toward democratic transition.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of these historic elections, the Polish Delegation to NATO submitted a formal request to the NATO Archives in early 2014 for the declassification and public disclosure of NATO documents related to these decisive moments in Poland. Working with representatives of the Archives of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NATO Archives identified a wide range of documents that provide valuable context to the Alliance’s perspective concerning the events before, during, and after the 1989 elections in Poland. The NATO Archives then collaborated with the national representatives on the Archives Committee and other authorities to successfully obtain approval for the disclosure of these documents.
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