The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
International inter-disciplinary conference School vs. Memory? Conflict, Identity, Coexistence (Central Europe)
- Date: 10 - 11 October 2014
- Venue: Prague, Faculty of Arts Charles University
- Actual information, program and the online registration form you will find at www.schoolxmemory.eu
In Central European countries, a tension potentially arises between history education in schools and memory at the level of family, social group or community. Memory as a concept describing a plurality of modes of relating to the past has gained grounds both in the humanities and in social sciences. Memory replaces or complements traditional historical narratives. This conference focuses on memory from a didactic perspective. Our aim is to deal with questions such as What are the difficulties that result from the employment of memory layer into the traditional interpretative frameworks employed at school? How does memory layer arise and what are its sources? What role does the family memory play in the creation of historical consciousness? Where are frictions between family remembering and school history narratives formed and under what conditions do they vanish? And last but not least: What does the impact of this memory in the classrooms look like?
Discussion with Revaz Cincadze, Georgian protestor against 1968 Soviet invasion – Sudden and obscene invasion of the Czechoslovakia
- Communication Space Školská 28 (Prague 1), 21. 8. 2014, 18.00
The Václav Havel Library and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes invite you to a discussion with Revaz Cincadze, one of the “nameless” Soviet citizens who protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by allied forces in August 1968.
Revaz Cincadze’s case is interesting in that he was not a member of any dissident group and had not been connected to any particular organisations, associations or groups in existence in Georgia in the Soviet period. He carried out his protest in an unusual manner, writing two letters to Alexei Kosygin, chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, sharing his views about the entire construction of the country. He began the second letter, dated 14 March 1970, with the words “I express my emphatic and irate protest in connection with the sudden, obscene and completely unjustified invasion of the territory of Czechoslovakia by Soviet soldiers. The entire world has stood up against us and against this treachery.” For writing this letter, Revaz Cincadze was arrested and underwent psychiatric examination. He was interned at a psychiatric clinic in Kazan for alleged schizophrenia and was released after almost two years.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Georgian Embassy.
Exhibition “Ready to Work and Defend the Homeland”
Czech Olympic Committee, The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, and National Museum Have the pleasure of inviting you to the exhibition “Fifty Years of Czech Sport in Totalitarian Society. Fifty Years of Czech Sport in Totalitarian Society”.
The exhibition takes place in the Cross Corridor and the Knights Hall of the Old Town Hall in Prague from 11 April to 12 May, 2014. The exhibition is open for public on Mondays from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and on Tuesdays-Sundays from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague, Mr. Tomáš Hudeček.
Statement of The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes on the suspension of the membership in The Platform of European Memory and Conscience
International academic conference in Telč, 10th and 11th December 2013
The conference is organized by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (CZ) and Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung (AU). The cooperation of those institutions started in May 2010 in the field of the activities of the Czechoslovak Intelligence Services in Austria. In March 2012 were presented the first results of the research during the conference in Raabs an der Thaya. The actual state of research will be presented at the conference in December 2013 in Telč. One of the fundamental topics will be the discussion about the Wien rezidentura (residency), which used to be one of the most important bases of the Czechoslovak foreign spy services.
The conference takes place at the University Center in Telč, Czech Republic. It will be simultaneously translated from/to German and Czech.
One of the first initiatives of the newly established Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in 2008 was to attempt to document the protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in the states which took part in that occupation, and to record the recollections of selected actors in the protests.
Olga Havlová: In the Memories of Her Friends and in the Photographs of Bohdan Holomíček
Washington, D.C. - The Embassy of the Czech Republic launches the festival with a program entitled Václav Havel's Evening on September 5, at 6 pm. The program includes the presentation Prison Experience of Václav Havel in Memories and Documents, with special guests Petra Čáslavová (Political Prisoners.eu) and Tomáš Bouška (ASPEN Prague). The event also includes the screening of documentary director Jan Novák's film Citizen Havel Goes on Vacation (Občan Havel jede na dovolenou), which reveals Havel's humor and character as he was continuously followed by the secret police. The opening of the exhibition Olga Havlová: In the Memories of Her Friends and in the Photographs of Bohdan Holomíček (ÚSTR Prague and PANT Ostrava) follows the screening.
Gillian Purves (ed.): Lest We Forget. Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe. A reader for older secondary school students anywhere in Europe
An illustrated collection of 30 remarkable life stories of people affected by totalitarianism from 16 European countries, containing photographs and facsimiles of documents. DVD with additional materials (films, e-book, etc.) enclosed. Contributions by 23 public and nongovernmental institutions, organisations, museums and memorials dealing with the totalitarian past of Europe, associated in the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Preface by French historian Stéphane Courtois, the author of the Black Book of Communism.
The purpose of the reader is to educate today‘s young generation about Europe‘s tragic totalitarian past and about the importance of upholding fundamental human rights, freedoms and democratic values in society. The goal is to promote a better understanding and integration among European citizens and to help prevent the recurrence of any form of non-democratic rule in the future.
English language version, german language version (Damit wir nicht vergessen) and french language version (Pour ne pas oublier). Films on DVD with English subtitles or voiceover.
Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague 2013, 1st edition, hardcover, 288 pages, ISBN 978-80-87211-79-3 (english version), ISBN 978-80-87211-85-4 (german version), ISBN 978-80-87211-86-1 (french version)
Functions of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
- Studies and impartially evaluates the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power; examines the anti-democratic and criminal activity of state bodies, especially its security services, and the criminal activity of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ), as well as other organizations based on its ideology.
- Analyzes the causes and methods of liquidation of the democratic regime during the time of Communist totalitarian power; documents the participation of both local and foreign elements in support of the Communist regime as well as in resistance to it.
- Secures and makes accessible to the public documents relating to the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power, particularly about the activity of the security services and means and forms of both persecution and resistance.
- Converts acquired documents into electronic form without unnecessary delay.
- Documents Nazi and Communist crimes.
- Provides the public with the results of its activity, in particular by publishing information about the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power, and about the deeds and fates of individuals; publishes and disseminates publications, organizes exhibitions, seminars, professional conferences and discussions.
- Cooperates with scientific, cultural, educational and other institutions for the purpose of exchanging information and experience relating to professional issues.
- Cooperates with foreign institutions and individuals of similar orientation.