European Conscience and Communism – Conference Proceedings

Conference Proceedings

The international conference European Conscience and Communism, held on June 2-3, 2008, was organized by the Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions of the Senate, Parliament of the Czech Republic; its organizers were Martin Mejstřík, Senator, and Jana Hybášková, Member of the European Parliament. During the course of the conference, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes Director, Pavel Žáček, and First Deputy Director, Miroslav Lehký, both made presentations, the texts of which are included in the attached proceedings. The Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism was adopted by the participants of the conference on June 3, 2008.

Conference Sessions

Monday, June 2, 2008 – Crimes of Communism

  • Session I: Witnesses of Crimes of World Communism
  • Session II: Witnesses of Crimes of Communism in Czechoslovakia
  • Session III: Classification of Communist Crimes from a Czech Perspective
  • Session IV: Classification of Communist Crimes from a European Perspective

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 – Institute of European Conscience

  • Session I: Coming to Terms with Communism from a Western European Perspective
  • Session II: Coming to Terms with Communism from a World Perspective
  • Session III: Institutes of the Nation’s Memory in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic
  • Session IV: Initiatives in Europe – Institute of European Conscience