Institute research projects consist of expert archival and historical research on the basic thematic focal points circumscribed in Act No. 181/2007 Coll. The projects are designed with the intention to yield concrete products, including synthetic monographs, critical documentary histories, encyclopedic publications and exhibitions, in addition to the publishing of prepared studies. Research projects are presented on the Institute’s Web site and will gradually be supplemented by samples of archival documents, electronic studies and articles, interviews with witnesses or survivors, personnel overviews and photographs. Research results are also published in specialized periodicals, including the magazines published by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Security Services Archive.
- Development and organizational structure of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ)
- Security apparatus of the Ministry of the Interior (Ministry of National Security)
- “Class justice” 1948−1960
- The Prague Spring and the (Soviet-led) occupation, non-communist traditions and the security apparatus
- The prison system in the Czech lands 1938−1989
- Resistance and opposition against the communist regime 1948−1989
Institute documentation projects are focused on the documentation of crimes committed during the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power, and are primarily presented on the Institute’s Web site. The first type of documentation project focuses on victims; the second on the structures of power of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes on the territory of former Czechoslovakia. Documentation projects are produced in cooperation with the Institute’s Section of Information Technology and Digitization.
- Documentation projects devoted to victims of totalitarian regimes
- Documentation of people who died on state borders 1948−1989
- Documentation of Czechoslovaks executed during the Second World War in Berlín-Plötzensee
- Documentation of people who died in prisons 1948−1989
- Structures of power
- Documentation of the personnel composition of State Security (StB) structures
- Apparatus of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ)
- Representatives of the Ministry of the Interior (Ministry of National Security)
- History of the Czech underground
- Collectivization of the countryside in Czechoslovakia
Educational projects on the history of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes on the territory of former Czechoslovakia are conceived on two levels. The first type enables cooperation with schools, especially secondary schools, specifically in the form of courses for secondary school history teachers, preparation of supplementary textbooks and handbooks for instructional use, and specialized lectures for students. The second type of project is aimed at the wider public, mainly taking the form of public seminars and lectures.