Gillian Purves (ed.): Lest We Forget. Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe. A Reader for Older Secondary School Students Anywhere in Europe

This reader primarily aimed at students delivers the stories of 30 people from 16 European countries whose lives were impacted by totalitarian regimes. Each portrait contains numerous photographs and documents while the book is also supplemented by a DVD of accompanying material (films, e-book, etc.). The publication saw contributions from 23 public and non-governmental institutions, organisations and museums focused on Europe’s totalitarian past and connected within the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. The introduction was written by the French historian Stéphane Courtois, author of The Black Book of Communism.

The aim of the publication is to introduce today’s young generation to Europe’s tragic totalitarian past and to highlight the importance of adhering to fundamental human rights, freedoms and democratic values. The reader is intended to foster greater understanding and integration among European citizens and therefore prevent any future return to non-democratic government. The book was published in English, German (Damit wir nicht vergessen) and French (Pour ne pas oublier) versions. The DVD has English subtitles and commentary.

ÚSTR, Prague 2013, 1st edition, bound, 288 str. ISBN 978-80-87211-79-3 (English version), ISBN 978-80-87211-85-4 (German version), ISBN 978-80-87211-86-1 (French version)