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Operation Hyacinth and Poland's pink files

Szulc, Lukasz (2016) Operation Hyacinth and Poland's pink files. NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality (02 Feb 2016). Website.

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Thirty years ago, on 15 and 16 November 1985, the police forces of the People’s Republic of Poland (PRP, 1952-1989), in cooperation with the Secret Service, conducted an undercover operation, code-named Hyacinth. The aim of the operation was to detain, interrogate, and register both actual and alleged homosexuals in order to create a kind of state Pink Archive. The operation was relaunched at least twice, in 1986 and 1987, and perhaps in 1989. It is estimated that altogether the police forces gathered around 11,000 files. To date, conclusive information about many aspects of the operation remains elusive: How were homosexuals defined and identified? What was the real motivation behind the operation? What is the precise number of the files in the Polish Pink Archive? And where exactly are they located?

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:55

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