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Články Radka Schovánka na Echo 24.cz - 14. Říjen 2017 - 0:01
Blíží se volby. Věci a události ještě před několika měsíci nepředstavitelné defilují na stránkách novin, sociálních sítích a televizních obrazovkách. Hnutí ANO se chystá na vyhrané volby a budoucí pan premiér se rozmýšlí, zda bude lepší řídit vládu z Ruzyně nebo z Borů. V médiích se objevují zprávy, že hnutí ANO zařadilo na kandidátky to nejlepší, co firma Agrofert může této zemi nabídnout. Těsně před volbami vychází dvě knihy o podnikatelských úspěších Andreje Babiše a někteří novináři se…
Kategorie: Radek Schovánek

Invitation to conference “100 Years of Communism. History and Memory” on 8-9 November 2017 in Paris, France

Novinky z Platformy - 13. Říjen 2017 - 14:52
The Platform of European Memory and Conscience and Prof. Stéphane Courtois, author and editor of the “Black Book of Communism”, cordially invite to an international conference “100 Years of Communism. History and Memory” dedicated to the dark legacy of Communism and Communist dictatorships, which will be held on 8-9 November 2017 at the Collège des Bernardins and the Fondation Napoléon in Paris, France. Speakers will be historians, representatives of memory institutions and policy makers from France, Spain, Canada, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Moldova, Romania and the Czech Republic. Special guest speaker will be Finnish award winning novelist Sofi Oksanen.  During the conference, the new 500-page biography “Lenin, the Inventor of Totalitarianism” by Stéphane Courtois will be presented and the Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience 2017 will be awarded. To register, please send an e-mail to conference@memoryandconscience.eu  by 31 October 2017. CONFERENCE PROGRAMME as of 13 October 2017 (may be subject to change): Conference 100 Years of Communism programme 13.10.2017

Trestné činy proti republice

Minulost.cz - 10. Říjen 2017 - 12:39

Přitom ale právě vyšetřovatelé Státní bezpečnosti jsou odpovědní za největší míru nezákonností, ke kterým v průběhu vlády komunistického režimu docházelo.

Nová služba pro veřejnost: Vyhledávač v evidencích bezpečnostních složek bývalé ČSSR

Minulost.cz - 9. Říjen 2017 - 21:13

Platforma evropské paměti a svědomí a Centrum pro dokumentaci totalitních režimů spustili novou službu – souhrnný vyhledávač nad dosud existujícími online evidencemi osob, které vedly komunistické bezpečnostní složky Československa.

New service for the public: A search engine in the databases of the security services of the former ČSSR

Novinky z Platformy - 9. Říjen 2017 - 14:52
Prague, 9 October 2017. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the Centre for Documentation of Totalitarian Regimes are presenting a new service to the public – an overall search engine which searches currently existing online databases of persons kept by the Communist security services of Czechoslovakia. The search engine can be found at the address www.ibadatelna.cz / www.communiststatesecurity.eu and as of now it includes online 8 sources from the Czech and the Slovak Republics. The new, more user-friendly service offers a one-stop aggregator of online databases of the security services of the former Czechoslovak (socialist) republic (1948-1989). The integrated system enables searches of information on persons and objects from publicly accessible databases (8 as of now) pertaining to the period of the Communist totalitarian regime. The coherent comfortable service has thus overcome the problem of fragmentation of these information sources. The user can access all relevant output of the available sources, and through these the file and record agenda of the persons of interest kept by the former State security as well as the members of the security services. Concrete preserved archival materials are available in the respective archives, namely the Security Services Archive in Prague and the […]

Platform commends Slovak President’s veto against controversial amendment of Act on the Nation’s Memory Institute

Novinky z Platformy - 4. Říjen 2017 - 15:46
Prague / Bratislava, 4 October 2017. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience commends yesterday’s veto by Slovak President Andrej Kiska of a controversial amendment to the Act on the Nation’s Memory Institute, which would enable an immediate firing of its acting head without sufficient justification or possibility of legal redress. The Institute is in the news because of its legal dispute with Czech politician and oligarch Andrej Babiš about his collaboration with the Communist State security. The controversial amendment to the Act on the Nation’s Memory Institute was adopted by the Slovak Parliament in September 2017. As President Kiska points out, in an unprecedented legal move, the powers of the acting head of the Institute would be transferred to a 9-member collective body, which raises questions about the functionality of the memory institution from then on. The Platform had sent a letter to the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament in August 2017, protesting the amendment. In its original wording, the legislation had set the date for the dismissal of the acting head of the Institute for 15 October 2017. “Since the establishment of our Platform in 2011, we have witnessed various approaches aimed at weakening the position and the […]

Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů po deseti letech

Minulost.cz - 3. Říjen 2017 - 15:52

Včera proběhl v Senátu Parlamentu České republiky velmi zajímavý seminář Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů po deseti letech, na nějž byli na rozdíl od cenzurovaného červnového setkání pozváni zakladatelé ÚSTR i Archivu bezpečnostních složek.

New Hungarian Ambassador visits Platform office

Novinky z Platformy - 28. Září 2017 - 15:29
Prague, 25 September 2017. The new Hungarian ambassador to the Czech Republic H.E. Dr. Miklós Boros visited the Platform’s office in Prague. Together with Managing Director Dr. Neela Winkelmann they discussed ongoing Platform projects, such as the international competition for a memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels and other international and educational activities.

Platform files criminal complaint against last surviving Czechoslovak politburo members Jakeš, Štrougal, Colotka and further persons for killing on the borders

Novinky z Platformy - 21. Září 2017 - 21:02
Brno, 21 September 2017. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience filed a criminal complaint today with the Supreme state prosecutor’s office of the Czech Republic in Brno against the last living members of the presidium of the Central committee of the Communist party of Czechoslovakia Milouš Jakeš, Lubomír Štrougal and Peter Colotka, as well as further responsible persons, for the killing on the borders of Communist Czechoslovakia as imprescriptible crimes against humanity. This is a new attempt to reach justice after the Office for Documentation and Investigation of Communist Crimes concluded the investigation of a similar complaint from 2008 last year with no results. The criminal complait concerns 28 cases of civilians of various nationalities who died on the Czechoslovak borders with West Germany and Austria in the years 1965-1989. They lost their lives in various ways: they died by electrocution on the Iron Curtain, they were shot and killed, they drowned, they were shot down in a plane, they died while attempting to cross the border in a car or they committed suicide under siege. For these victims, Platform researchers have found the responsible persons in the chain of command, starting with the intervening Border guard patrols, to […]

Rozumí české ženy vlastní historii?

Minulost.cz - 19. Září 2017 - 11:22

Tato kritická studie opírající se o spojení kritické epistemologie s existenciální ontologií připomíná jedinečný příběh české političky a feministky Milady Horákové. Na základě dobových dokumentů, mediálních prohlášení, ale i posledních slov, která dr. Horáková pronesla před popravou, ukazuje, k jakým zásadním a dlouhodobým proměnám došlo po roce 1948 vlivem totalitární praxe v českém ženském hnutí a společnosti a jaký dopad měly tyto negativní změny i na obnovující se ženský aktivismus a genderový diskurs po roce 1989.

Padesát odstínů šedi komunistického režimu

Minulost.cz - 13. Září 2017 - 12:27

Vážené vedení ÚSTR a vážení členové Rady Ústavu, dne 6. září 2017 byl na webových stránkách ÚSTR zveřejněn nepodepsaný dopis, ve kterém se „vedení ÚSTR ohrazuje vůči kampani vedené proti historičce Blaive“. Jelikož podle zákona 181/2007 Sb. se „vedením“ myslí Rada Ústavu a ředitel Ústavu, rozhodl jsem se jako zaměstnanec této instituce vyslovit veřejný nesouhlas nejen s anonymizující formou tohoto dopisu, ale zejména  Vám chci níže přiloženým textem připomenout, že  dopis je v přímém rozporu s výše  citovaným zákonem, neboť Ústav má dle zákona zkoumat a nestranně hodnotit dobu komunistické nesvobody,..

Když se falšuje historie

Články Radka Schovánka na Echo 24.cz - 28. Srpen 2017 - 12:03
„… čím širší výzkumy proběhly, tím více archivy zdokumentovaly absenci odporu, a naopak rozsah spolupráce. Namísto aby přinášely důkazy o zlém totalitním režimu, ukazují, že mezi vládci a ovládanými probíhal neustálý proces vyjednávání.“ (Muriel Blaive, poradkyně ředitele ÚSTR Zdeňka Hazdry pro výzkum a metodologii – www.a2larm.cz 15. 8. 2017)
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Competition for a memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels receives patronages from EU Commissioner and the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium

Novinky z Platformy - 25. Srpen 2017 - 13:02
Prague, 25 August 2017. The competition for a memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels, organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience under the high patronage of the European Parliament, has received further valuable patronages: by EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics and by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst. The Platform’s international competition for architects and artists to create a pan-European memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels launched in April 2017 received a patronage by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani in June 2017. It is now garnering further high-level endorsements. In a letter announcing his patronage for the competition dated 2 August 2017, Member of the European Commission Mr Tibor Navracsics writes: “Together we have always opposed totalitarian ideologies which united this continent through the force of our democratic values. I believe the new memorial will facilitate a sharing of the memory of totalitarian crimes among Europeans whose ancestors suffered from repression.” In a letter of 10 August 2017 confirming his patronage, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst writes “(…) I strongly welcome and support your noble intention to […]

Platform greets work of eight EU Member States on CICROC, the Council for Investigation of Crimes of Communist Regimes

Novinky z Platformy - 24. Srpen 2017 - 14:45
Tallinn / Prague, 24 August 2017. On the occasion of the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarianism commemorated on the EU level in Tallinn, Estonia yesterday, ministries of justice of eight EU Member States confirmed their cooperation toward the establishment of a Council for Investigation of Crimes of Communist Regimes (CICROC). The Platform of European Memory and Conscience commends the approach of these governments. The initiative is a response to the Platform’s call for international justice for the imprescriptible crimes of Communism launched in 2015. At the meeting organised by the Estonian EU Presidency in Tallinn on 23 August 2017, President Göran Lindblad presented the results of the ongoing “JUSTICE 2.0″ – project of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Since 2014, Platform researchers and lawyers have identified several types of crimes against humanity committed during Communism in Europe as well as well over 200 potentially living responsible persons, including former members of the politburo of the Communist parties, from at least four countries, today’s Member States of the EU. In May 2015, the Platform had called for the creation of a new supranational institution of justice to judge these crimes and their perpetrators. Since the […]

Platform visits House of European History in Brussels

Novinky z Platformy - 17. Srpen 2017 - 14:40
On 10 August 2017 the Platform Board and a group of historians representing various Platform Member organisations from different countries visited the House of European History in Brussels. The group is preparing a report which will be presented to the public tentatively in September 2017.

ČRo Plus - Obhájil ÚSTR po první dekádě nárok na svou existenci?

Minulost.cz - 15. Srpen 2017 - 12:29

Obhájil Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů po první dekádě nárok na svou existenci? Hosty Veroniky Sedláčkové (Pro a proti - ČRo Plus) byli člen rady ÚSTR zastupitel Prahy 2 Michal Uhl (Zelení) a historik a bývalý první ředitel ústavu Pavel Žáček.

Gerontokracie

Minulost.cz - 27. Červenec 2017 - 17:49

V politologických slovnících nebo encyklopediích politiky se pod pojmem „gerontokracie“ skrývá způsob vlády v nedemokratických režimech. V komunistických režimech existovala například pod rouškou „stability kádrů“. Problém, kdy se politik dostává na vedoucí místo nebo na něm setrvává ve věku, kdy je výrazně za zenitem své výkonnosti, nemusí vést nutně jen ke konzervativismu...

Platform has located graves of six of the thirteen electrocuted Polish victims for whose death Lubomír Štrougal is responsible

Novinky z Platformy - 27. Červenec 2017 - 11:19
Praha/Bratislava, 27 July 2017. Researchers of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience have found the graves of six of thirteen identified Polish victims who were killed by electrocution on the Czechoslovak Iron Curtain. The responsibility for their deaths lies primarily with former Minister of Interior, later member of the Politburo and Prime Minister Lubomír Štrougal. The Polish Institute of National Remembrance, which initiated criminal proceedings in the cases based on the findings of the Platform this February, announced last month that they were interested in exhuming the remains of the Polish citizens. Based on a submission by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, prosecutors of the Main Commission for the Prosecution of the Crimes against the Polish Nation, which is a division of the Institute of National Remembrance, initiated criminal proceedings this February in cases of killings of Polish citizens on the Czechoslovak Iron Curtain in the years 1961-1965, when Lubomír Štrougal (*1924) was Minister of Interior. The Platform research team has identified altogether thirteen Polish victims who died by electric shock from high voltage electricity in the wire barriers on the border of Czechoslovakia with Austria at the time when Štrougal was Minister. Further work aimed at […]

Dva se přou o totalitní minulost a agent se směje

Minulost.cz - 19. Červenec 2017 - 11:29

Odbor archivní správy ministerstva vnitra udílí každoročně čestné medaile významným archivářům. Letos ministr vnitra Milan Chovanec (ČSSD) udělil medaili i PhDr. Emilii Benešové, vedoucí oddělení foto-fono-kino dokumentů a služeb veřejnosti Národního archivu v Praze za „dlouhodobý a významný přínos pro české archivnictví a při příležitosti životního jubilea“. 

Agreement on Cooperation signed between IICCMER, the Timişoara Society and the Platform for European Memory and Conscience

Novinky z Platformy - 4. Červenec 2017 - 15:05
Bucharest/ Timişoara/ Prague, 4 July 2017. On Monday 3 July 2017, the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), the Timişoara Society and the Platfom for European Memory and Conscience signed an Agreement on Cooperation in order to expand research in the area of killings of civilians on the borders during the Communist regime in Romania. The activities will concentrate on the cases of human rights infringement and on the abuses committed by representatives of the totalitarian system against civilian persons that tried to flee the country. About the Partners The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and The Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) is a governmental structure established in 2005 and under the coordination of the Prime Minister. Its role consists, first of all, in scientifically managing and analysing the totalitarian period and its consequences. Secondly, the IICCMER supports the creation and implementation of educational tools to a memorial end, thus contributing to the articulation of the context in which the fundamental values and rights to be captured by our post-totalitarian society. Last but not least, IICCMER aims to collect, archive and publish documents relating to the memory of […]