V odpovědi na zamítavou odpověď Z. Hazdry zakladatel a první ředitel ÚSTR a ABS Pavel Žáček odpověděl, že cílem současného vedení ÚSTR podle jeho názoru rozhodně není "kritická reflexe" čehokoliv, ale likvidace této paměťové instituce, jejíž zřízení stálo mnoho sil řady slušných lidí. Nikdy nepochopili a stále ještě nechápou, proč byla zřízena a co má vlastně dělat. Považuji tuto reakci za další projev arogance a cenzury, se kterou se setkávám od roku 2013 (Foglová - Matějka - Hazdra). Bohužel to vychází z jakési zastydlé formy normalizačního myšlení a chování, což je pochopitelně paradox, protože jedním z úkolů ÚSTR mělo být nás těchto přežívajících projevů zbavovat a nikoliv udržovat a rozvíjet. Ale všeho do času.
Prague, 16 June 2017. The Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR Mr Roland Jahn visited the Platform Office in Prague today. Together with Platform Managing Director Ms Neela Winkelmann, they discussed ongoing projects and cooperation.
Prague/Warsaw, 16 June 2017. At a meeting with the Institute of National Remembrance IPN in Warsaw earlier this week, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience handed over documents pertaining to the killings of 13 Polish citizens who died on the Czechoslovak electrified Iron Curtain on the border with Austria between 1961-1965. The IPN and its subordinated Main Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation is ready to exhume the remains of the Polish victims of the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia. At a meeting in Warsaw on Monday with prosecutors led by Andrzej Pozorski, Director of the Main Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, Platform Managing Director Neela Winkelmann handed over to the IPN documents related to the deaths by electrocution of 13 Polish citizens in the years 1961-1965, when the Czechoslovak Iron Curtain was charged with electric current of 4,000-6,000 V. The main surviving responsible person is former Minister of Interior and later Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia Lubomír Štrougal (*1924). The Institute of National Remembrance has an expertise in exhuming and identifying victims of totalitarian crimes from unmarked sites and mass graves, for the purpose of criminal investigation and a dignified re-burial. […]
Prague/Warsaw, 11 June 2017. “Across the Iron Curtain” is an extraordinary educational board game telling the story of people who managed to escape across the Iron Curtain. It has been developed by an international team of experts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Among them was Karol Madaj from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, author of many board games, including the very popular “Kolejka” (Queue), a game published worldwide. ‘Today’s young generation does not know how hard it was to lead a normal life behind the impermeable Iron Curtain’ says Dr Neela Winkelmann, Managing Director of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. ‘The worst thing was not the lack of goods in the shops; it was the life in permanent fear, because all our human rights were being violated. Next was the isolation from the free, democratic world. People longed to get out of the Communist dictatorship, to live dignified, free lives. In the game “Across the Iron Curtain,” we have re-created the situation during the Cold War, when people were trying to escape to the West, oftentimes with the assistance of helpers at home and abroad. The players are such escape helpers attempting to bring 30 refugees from […]
The Platform of European Memory and Conscience together with the Institute of National Remembrance, the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies and the Research Centre Pro Patria of the Warsaw University are cordially inviting to a discussion seminar “JUSTICE 2.0″ which will take place on Monday 12 June 2017 from 15.00-17.15 at the Collegium Iuridicum, 4, Lipowa Street, 2nd floor, room 3.8 of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University. At the seminar, we will present the ongoing results of the project “International Justice for the Communist Crimes” during which living persons responsible for crimes against humanity committed under Communism in Europe are being identified. They include the surviving members of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and others. Speakers will be manager of the project Dr. Neela Winkelmann and members of the International Legal Advisor Team of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Dr. Nika Bruskina from the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, Lithuania, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Albin Eser, MCJ, Director emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for foreign and international criminal law and former judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia from Freiburg, Germany […]
Prague, 9 June 2017. Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, has given an official patronage to the competition for a memorial for the victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Brussels organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Expressions of interest by artists and architects are invited by 15 June 2017. The Platform has launched an official competition website, www.memorialbrussels.eu. Following the announcement of the international competition on 26 April 2017, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience is pleased to inform that President Antonio Tajani has given an official patronage of the European Parliament to the competition by letter of 22 May 2017 to Mr Pavel Svoboda, Czech MEP. The site for the proposed memorial is the Place Jean Rey, excellently located in the heart of the European district, a large open space within site of the newly opened House of European History, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU. “It is important (…) that we remember those who actively opposed totalitarian rule, and who, because of their dedication, honour, courage and loyalty to ideals, should take their place in the consciousness of Europeans as heroes of the totalitarian age. The […]
Horní Slavkov, Ostrov nad Ohří, 26 May 2017. Platform Managing Director Neela Winkelmann and legal intern Juliette Rémond-Tiedrez attended two of a series of commemoration events organised by the Confederation of Political Prisoners of the Czech Republic together with the local municipalities in the region of Jáchymov in Northwestern Czech Republic on 26-27 May 2017. The annual commemoration event called “Hell of Jáchymov” is held attended by survivors, associations of victims and representatives of municipalities, the Government and Parliament of the Czech Republic. Between 1949-1961, the Czechoslovak Communist regime operated a series of concentration camps centered around Jáchymov (and the town of Příbram near Prague) in which thousands of political prisoners were forced to excavate and process uranium ore which was exported to the Soviet Union, based on a secret treaty. The camps were run with the aim to work the prisoners to death – the prisoners were called “men destined for liquidation” (the acronym is MUKL in Czech, a term which former political prisoners use for calling themselves until today.) The men were forced to work in inhumane conditions with no possibility to protect themselves from high radiation; many of them died as a result of the harsh conditions, […]
Dnes uplynulo deset let od tragické smrti spisovatele, politického vězně, exulanta, vlastence a milovníka silných aut Jana Beneše, který natrvalo zapsal do české literatury, ale také do složitých československých politických dějin 20. století. V této souvislosti je zejména nutné zmínit jeho odsouzení v tzv. procesu Tigrid - Beneš - Zámečník, jehož padesáté výročí si připomeneme příští měsíc, činnost v americkém exilu (jeho podíl na výcviku vojenských zpravodajců v Monterrey, spolupráce s defektorem Josefem Frolíkem atd.), ale také rozsáhlé aktivity po jeho návratu do vlasti v polovině 90. let.
Z odbojové historie továrny a.s. Walter v Praze XVII. - Jinonicích je snad známa pouze stávka a následné nepokoje z přelomu srpna a září 1941. V podstatě v pozadí stále zůstává její nejsvětlejší kapitola z vyvrcholení boje proti německým okupantům v květnu 1945.
Brussels / Prague, 27 April 2017. At a symposium held in the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience announced the launch of an international competition for a new memorial dedicated to the victims of National Socialism, Fascism and Communism in Europe. The site, chosen together with authorities of the city of Brussels, is the Place Jean Rey, an excellently located square in the heart of the European district. The winners will be announced in February 2018. At a symposium hosted by László Tőkés, MEP, in the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 April 2017, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience launched an international competition for the creation of a new memorial in the heart of the European district in Brussels. Its purpose is to commemorate the millions of human lives lost to 20th century totalitarianism in Europe and to celebrate the European Union as a unique peace and democracy project built upon the lessons of the past. The competition aims to create a work of art of high value for the city of Brussels. The City of Brussels is closely involved, maximising the likelihood of the realisation of the memorial. The competition is […]
K málo známým kapitolám konce druhé světové války patří operace americké zpravodajské služby - Office of Strategic Services (OSS) v českých zemích za květnového povstání roku 1945. Počátek vážného zájmu Američanů o území protektorátu, a zejména pak o Prahu, je však nutno datovat řadu měsíců zpět.
Před devíti lety (21. dubna 2008) vláda ČR usnesením č. 447/2008 k zabezpečení plnění úkolů ve věci vybudování Národního digitálního archivu (NDA) schválila čerpání finančních prostředků na vybudování NDA ve výši 400 mil. Kč. Rovněž nařídila zabezpečit počínaje rokem 2011 finanční prostředky na financování provozních nákladů na chod NDA, a to ve výši 6 % pořizovacích nákladů, tj. 24 mil. Kč ročně...
László Tökés, MEP and the Platform of European Memory and Conscience are cordially inviting to a symposium and announcement of a competition with the title “Pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism in Brussels”, which will take place on Wednesday 26 April 2017 from 16.30-18.30 in the European Parliament in Brussels, Room JAN 6Q1. Until today, no memorial exists to the countless millions of victims of National Socialism, Fascism and Communism in Europe. Especially today, in view of the rising extremism and nationalism in Europe, the tragic human toll of the struggle for freedom and democracy needs to be commemorated in a dignified way in the centre of the EU. The new memorial should embody the main reason for the existence of today’s peaceful democratic European Union – the lessons learned from the totalitarian past and the determination to never allow history to repeat itself. The new memorial should visualise this humanitarian message, bringing the true meaning of the European Union project tangibly close to the citizens of the world. At the same time, the opportunity offers itself to create a unique work of art with a high value for the city of Brussels. After last year’s competition for young students which took place […]
V souvislosti s novým soudním procesem v Paříži se objevila nová vlna zájmu o známého teroristu sedmdesátých a osmdesátých let minulého století Carlose alias Šakala, včetně informací o jeho pobytech v Československu.
Měsíc před oficiální návštěvou generálního tajemníka Ústředního výboru Komunistické strany Sovětského svazu Leonida Iljiče Brežněva v Československu v květnu 1978, pobýval v Praze holandský občan Johann Grünbauer (nar. 1946, Amsterdam), který svým fotoaparátem zachytil atmosféru Prahy v době příprav na oficiální návštěvu.
EN: Press release PEMC 27.3.2017 DE: Pressemitteilung PEMC 27.3.2017 CZ: Tiskova zprava PEMC 27.3.2017 Prague, 27 March 2017. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience has received two letters already from German prosecutors concerning its comprehensive criminal complaint of 18 August 2016 on the killing of refugees on the borders of Communist Czechoslovakia. According to the German Federal Prosecutor General, the killing of refugees was an international crime. From the point of view of the prosecutor’s office in Weiden the killing of refugees suggests murder from base motives on the level of those responsible for the system of the border protection. In the coming days, the Platform will forward further documents unknown so far to the prosecutors in Weiden, among them a secret order by former minister of interior and later prime minister of the ČSSR Lubomír Štrougal on the systematic and planned penetration of the secret services and the border guards into the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria. On 18 August 2016, the Platform filed a criminal complaint to the German Federal Prosecutor General against 67 representatives of the Communist regime of former Czechoslovakia in the case of killings of 5 Germans on the Iron […]
Historik Pavel Žáček hovoří v České televizi o jednom z nejznámějších světových teroristů Ilyichi Ramírezu Sánchezovi alias Carlosovi nebo Šakalovi, který opakovaně pobýval v komunistickém Československu mezi lety 1978 až 1986.
Až do nedávné doby se nepodařilo odhalit žádného spolupracovníka, který by informoval o „kanálech“ která využíval Milan Kubes. Spis, který k němu vedla komunistická rozvědka se nedochoval a kromě agenta působícího v Plzni pod krycím jménem Volha nebylo známé, že by jeho činnost byla kontrolována Státní bezpečností.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DOWNLOAD: DE: Rehabilitierung und Entschaedigung fuer die Toetung eines Fluechtlings an der Grenze der CSSR 20.3.2017 EN: Rehabilitation and compensation for the killing of a refugee on the borders of the CSSR 21.3.2017 CZ: Rehabilitace a odskodneni za zabiti uprchlika na hranicich CSSR 20.3.2017 Question: On 13 March 2017 the district court Bratislava I. ruled on a judicial rehabilitation based on Act No. 119/1990 Coll. in the case of former East German citizen Hartmut Tautz who, in 1986, tried to cross the Czechoslovak-Austrian border. He was gravely wounded by specially trained dogs of the Communist Border guard and died because of non-provision of medical help. Can other refugees who died under similar conditions in Eastern Europe be rehabilitated in a similar way? Answer: Yes, it is possible, if the killing happened on the territory covered by Act No. 119/1990 Coll., i.e. the area of today’s Czech Republic or Slovak Republic. If the actual killing happened on the territory of another state (the countries in question would be primarily the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria), it would have to be proven that the death was caused by the Czechoslovak Border guard. Question: Who can file such an […]
Bratislava / Prague, 13 March 2017. In a breakthrough decision, the district court Bratislava I. decided today to fully rehabilitate Hartmut Tautz, the 18-year-old refugee who was killed by border guard dogs on the Czechoslovak border with Austria in 1986. Hartmut’s family is entitled to a compensation by the Slovak Republic. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience welcomes the court ruling as a first acknowledgement of a criminal offence committed by killing the refugee. Prosecution of the perpetrators must follow. For 28 years since the fall of Communism, practically no justice has been attained for the killings of refugees trying to escape across the Iron Curtain in former Czechoslovakia. In its “JUSTICE 2.0″ project, the Platform has identified the killing of civilians fleeing to the West during Communism as a crime against humanity. The Platform has filed criminal complaints in Germany and Poland in the cases of killings of German and Polish citizens on the borders of former Czechoslovakia. Today, the district court in Bratislava I. issued a breakthrough decision. Hartmut Tautz, the 18-year-old refugee form East Germany who was gravely wounded by border guard dogs and let to die, has been fully rehabilitated based on Act No. 119/1990, […]