The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
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.
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.