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First rehabilitation in the Czech Republic for German who attempted to escape across the Iron Curtain

Novinky z Platformy - 11. Květen 2018 - 12:52
Prague, 11 May 2018. The District Court in České Budějovice (South Bohemia) has released a breakthrough decision for a former East German refugee who was arrested in 1976 trying to illegally cross the border between Czechoslovakia and Austria. East German refugee Mr Dieter Kolbe illegally entered Czechoslovakia in 1976 and was arrested on a train by a Border Guard patrol near Lake Lipno. He was interrogated by State Security and held in prison for 12 days. Later on he was released to the German Democratic Republic and he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for attempting to escape the state. Prior to that he had applied several times to the East German authorities to legally move to West Germany where the rest of his family lived. Today’s court decision, which is based on Act No. 119/1990 on judicial rehabilitations, confirmed unlawful restrictions on individual liberties and stated that his arrest was against the principles of a democratic and legal state. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience called in November 2017 on former East German refugees arrested in Czechoslovakia up to 1989 to apply for rehabilitation and compensation (see more here). These activities are a part of the Platform’s […]

Platform expresses regret that Mr Jean-Claude Juncker took part in ceremonies commemorating Karl Marx

Novinky z Platformy - 7. Květen 2018 - 19:46
Brussels / Prague, 7 May 2018. The European Union is founded on freedom, truth, human dignity and human rights. These values, along with many others, were violated by the Communist system, which was based on Marxist ideology. Therefore, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience wishes to express its regret that MrJean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, took part in ceremonies commemorating Karl Marx. We cannot approve of such actions, since they are offensive to the memory of the millions of victims of Communism. The Communist ideology, rooted in Marx’s works, continues to kill and enslave people in many places in the world. This applies especially to China, the sponsor of the statue which was unveiled during the event Mr Juncker attended. We believe that the victims of Communism deserve an apology. Platform member organisation, the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, which researches the history of totalitarian regimes, released a statement on 5 May declaring that “by participating in the festivities in Trier, Germany, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the founding father of Communism, the President of the European Commission is ignoring the fate of millions of victims of Communism.” For more information, please […]

Historie, struktury a činnost komunistické rozvědky 1948 - 1989

Minulost.cz - 27. Duben 2018 - 18:50

Přinášíme video záznam semináře Muzeua Karlova mostu a Centra pro dokumentaci totalitních režimů ze dne 17. dubna 2018 na téma: Historie, struktury a činnost komunistické rozvědky 1948 - 1989.

V úvodním slovu J.Em. Dominik kardinál Duka OP a J.M. Josef Šedivý O.Cr. velmistr Retířského řádu křížovníků s červenou hvězdou připomněli akci v noci ze 13. na 14. dubna 1950, kdy byli řeholníci z tohoto domu, jakož i ostatních klášterů odvezeni a internováni.

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Presentation of Winners of Platform’s Competition for a Proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels

Novinky z Platformy - 25. Duben 2018 - 15:47
Brussels/Prague 25 April 2018. The presentation of the top-ten ranking entries in the Platform’s competition for a proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels took place yesterday afternoon at the European Parliament in Brussels, courtesy of Mr László Tökés, MEP. The goal of the competition was to propose the first-ever pan-European memorial for all victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Europe on the Place Jean Rey, in the heart of the European district in Brussels. The memorial will also celebrate the process of European integration as an achievement made possible by learning from the lessons of the past. The presentation included the designs that won first place by Tszwai So from the United Kingdom, second place by Sabina Tanovic and Dario Kristic from the Netherlands, third place by Mantas Maziliauskas, Povilas Šorys and Gitana Stankiene from Lithuania, as well as the seven entries that gained fourth to tenth place. The representatives of Czech, Lithuanian and Polish embassies were present, as well as Members of European Parliament Milan Zver and Petras Auštrevičius. “I strongly believe that our competition is a crucial step on the way to realising this project and we will have the opportunity to […]

Educational video clips competition

Novinky z Platformy - 24. Duben 2018 - 13:47
Call for artists: Competition for the design of educational video clips Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience is hereby announcing a competition for a winning proposal of a series of short educational YouTube video clips in English illustrating the violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Nazi and the Communist totalitarian regimes alike. The deadline for the entry submission is 15 May 2018. The winner will receive a contract to execute the project by 10 August 2018. WHO CAN APPLY? Individuals or teams, university students and professionals of any nationality are invited to participate. Women’s participation is encouraged. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VIDEOS: Each final video clip shall introduce and illustrate the violation of one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by totalitarian dictatorships, namely Nazism, Fascism, and Communism. Articles 28 and 30 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights shall be omitted, as they are difficult to portray. An additional introductory video shall be created, presenting the project and the credits. Each video is to be approximately a minute long (30 seconds to 60 seconds). The target audience are secondary school students […]

Padesát kritických poznámek - otevřený dopis Radě ÚSTR

Minulost.cz - 10. Duben 2018 - 20:46

Po zvolení zmiňovaných členů v čele s předsedkyní Petruškou Šustrovou nastalo období, které bylo charakterizováno nejen dramatickými spory a událostmi, ale především bezohlednými, téměř revolučními postupy, dehonestací práce zaměstnanců, klientelismem, zavedením nátlakové praxe vytýkacích dopisů před výpovědí z pracovního poměru, řízenou fluktuací redaktorů v historické revue Paměť a dějiny nebo časopise Securitas Imperii,

Brussels presentation of the Platform competition for a proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism

Novinky z Platformy - 6. Duben 2018 - 18:28
The presentation of the top-ten ranking entries in the Platform’s competition for a proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 24 April 2018, in Room JAN 6Q1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., courtesy of Mr László Tökés, MEP. The goal of the competition is to propose the first-ever pan-European memorial for all victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Europe on the Place Jean Rey, in the heart of the European district in Brussels. The memorial should also celebrate the process of European integration as an achievement made possible by learning from the lessons of the past. The presentation will include the designs that won first place by Tszwai So from the United Kingdom, second place by Sabina Tanovic and Dario Kristic from the Netherlands, third place by Mantas Maziliauskas, Povilas Šorys and Gitana Stankiene from Lithuania, as well as the seven entries that gained fourth to tenth place by: Ieva Žukauskaité, Henrikas Žukauskas, Kestutis Astrauskas and Kestutis Musteikis; Grega Vezjak; Voytek Gorczynski, Janusz Kapusta and Andrzej Pawlik; Nika Zupančič; Maruxa Touceda and Ángel de la Rubia; Denis Kutylov Viktorovich; Jordi Comas Mora and Anna Pont Armengo If you are interested in the event, please write us to: […]

Lesní bratři v Pobaltí

Minulost.cz - 3. Duben 2018 - 13:09

Zveřejňujeme dosud nepublikovaný rozhovor historika a člena vědecké rady Estonského ústavu historické paměti Pavla Žáčka – dnes poslance českého parlamentu – ze srpna loňského roku. Kreml i ruské ministerstvo zahraničí tehdy ostře reagovaly na osmiminutové video zveřejněné NATO o pobaltských „lesních bratřích“, kladoucích po roce 1944 v Estonsku, Litvě i Lotyšsku aktivní odpor proti druhé sovětské okupaci, s odkazem na jejich údajnou kontroverznost.

British-Chinese Architect Tszwai So Wins Platform’s Competition for a Proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels

Novinky z Platformy - 28. Březen 2018 - 0:00
Brussels / Prague, 28 March 2018. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is delighted to announce the winners of its competition for a proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels! The competition was held under the patronage of European Parliament President Mr Antonio Tajani, of EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics and of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst. The goal of the project is to propose the first-ever pan-European memorial for all victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Europe on the Place Jean Rey, in the heart of the European district in Brussels. Thirty-nine anonymous entries from all over the world were forwarded to the Jury members, including, among others: EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics; Deputy Mayor of Brussels Mr Geoffroy Coomans de Brachène; world-renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster; and Ms Julie Beckman and Mr Keith Kaseman, authors of the Pentagon Memorial in Virginia, USA. After careful consideration, the Jury have announced the top 3 laureates: in first place Tszwai So, Spheron Architects, Unit 5C, London, UK; in second place Sabina Tanovic & Dario Kristic, Netherlands; in third place Mantas Maziliauskas, Povilas Šorys, Gitana Stankiene, Klaipeda, Lithuania. “First of all I would like to warmly thank […]

Joachim Gauck receives Ján Langoš Award

Novinky z Platformy - 27. Březen 2018 - 22:38
Bratislava / Prague, 27 March 2018. Former German Federal President Mr Joachim Gauck received the Ján Langoš Award at a ceremony held on Monday 26 March in Bratislava. Mr Joachim Wilhelm Gauck is a former Lutheran pastor who came to prominence as an anti-communist civil rights activist in East Germany. From 1990 to 2000 he served as first Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records and from 2012 to 2017 as President of Germany. “ Ján Langoš was a man of values; he showed it in all of his public activity. President Joachim Gauck is also a great man of values. In the case of both men this attitude is deeply rooted in, among other things, their personal experience of dealing with the totalitarian past. I’m proud that the Platform of European Memory and Conscience was a co-organiser of this important event,”  says Platform President Łukasz Kamiński. Ján Langoš (1946-2006) was a former dissident, one of the leaders of the Public Against Violence opposition movement of 1989, Minister of Interior of Czechoslovakia (1990-1992), tireless pioneer of a just and open coming to terms with the criminal Communist past of his country. When Czechoslovakia split, he became a Member of the Slovak Parliament and chairman of […]

Záznam diskuse: Role Ústavu pro studium totalitních režimů

Minulost.cz - 5. Březen 2018 - 23:17

Přinášíme záznam diskuse Centra pro studium totalitních režimů na téma Role Ústavu pro studium totalitních režimů ze dne 1. února 2018, která se uskutečnila ve spoloupráci a v prostorách knihovny Libri Prohibiti při příležitosti 10. výročí zahájení činnosti Ústavu.

Záznam diskuse: Role Ústavu pro studium totalitních režimů

Minulost.cz - 5. Březen 2018 - 23:17

Přinášíme záznam diskuse Centra pro studium totalitních režimů na téma Role Ústavu pro studium totalitních režimů ze dne 1. února 2018, která se uskutečnila ve spoloupráci a v prostorách knihovny Libri Prohibiti při příležitosti 10. výročí zahájení činnosti Ústavu.

Justice 2.0 working meeting in Prague on 27-28 February 2018

Novinky z Platformy - 5. Březen 2018 - 11:15
Prague, 28 February 2018 – Twenty-six representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations from Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland convened in Prague on 27-28 February 2018 for a working meeting of the JUSTICE 2.0 project. The participants discussed the current situation and further steps in the project with members of the International Legal Advisor Team of the Platform and exchanged the information about the project development in their countries. The purpose of the JUSTICE 2.0 project is to raise international awareness about the issue of unpunished international crimes of Communism and to contribute to finding ways to achieving international justice for these crimes.

Lord Foster joins the jury of Platform’s Competition for a Proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels!

Novinky z Platformy - 15. Únor 2018 - 16:13
Prague, 15 February 2018. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is honoured to announce that world-renowned British architect Norman Foster has joined the jury of the Competition for a Proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels. The announcement of the winners of the competition is planned for the middle of March 2018. Norman Foster, famous award-winning architect, author of many outstanding projects such as the reconstructed German Bundestag in Berlin, has offered help to the competition organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Lord Foster accepted the invitation to become member of the international jury, saying that the issue of extremism and the importance of Europe were truly close to his heart. “It is a great honour for our Platform and the contestants, but above all it is a gesture of great support for the idea of creating an international monument devoted to the victims of totalitarian regimes,” says Platform President Łukasz Kamiński. The competition is held under the patronage of European Parliament President Mr Antonio Tajani, of EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics and of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst. The […]

Competition for a proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels: Jury will choose from 39 professional entries

Novinky z Platformy - 5. Únor 2018 - 15:19
Prague, 5 February 2018. The competition for a proposal of a Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels, announced by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience in April 2017, has yielded thirty-nine entries from artists and architects. The entries have been forwarded to the Jury, which includes EC Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Deputy Mayor of Brussels, the Chairman of the Brussels Urban Art Committee and several authors of existing memorials. The competition, organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, is held under the patronage of European Parliament President Mr Antonio Tajani, of EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics and of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst. The goal is to propose a first-ever pan-European memorial for all victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Europe on the Place Jean Rey, in the heart of the European district in Brussels. The Memorial should also celebrate the process of European integration as an achievement made possible by learning from the lessons of the past. Sixty-eight contestants from thirty-two countries of Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East had registered for […]