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The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile

IICCMER organized the first edition of the workshop "Advocacy for museums of communism in Romania"

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Institute for the investigation of Communist crimes and the memory of the Romanian exile (IICCMER) organized in the period from October 29-November 1, 2015, at Sfântu Gheorghe, Covasna, a national workshop Plea for museums of communism in Romania, the first meeting of the national network of museums and dedicated to dealing with the Communist past.

The event in Sfântu Gheorghe launched a series of meetings that will bring together curators, historians, history teachers, sociologists, architects, project managers and other specialists from the country and abroad concerned about Communist totalitarian past memorializarea. The main objective is the realization of an exchange of experience and best practices to support the planning and conduct of large-scale cultural programmes about Communism from Romania. 

The workshop from Sfântu Gheorghe was attended by representatives from the Faculty of history at the University of Bucharest, Universitatea “Dunărea de Jos” din Galaţi, National Museum of history and Archaeology at Constanta, National Museum “Dimitrie Gusti” Village, Satu Mare County Museum, the Memorial of the Revolution of Timisoara, the cultural foundation “Dumpweed” Făgăraş, the “Prison” of Saints Piteşti, Christian Foundation, St. Nicholas Monastery in Gherla, “Holy Cross” in Aiud, the “Pro-Active” memory from Târgu Ocna as well as from Cotabato City Hall, by Mr. Len Csaba, the public administrator. 

The key point of the workshop was to visit the Memorial House of the victims of the Communist dictatorship from Romania, founded by local members of the Association of former political prisoners from Romania (AFDPR) with support from Sfântu Gheorghe. The authors of the exhibition inside the Memorial House are Mr. Torok J and Abro Parvin (AFDPR) who participated in the workshop and were also guides during the visit to the Memorial. There was held an exhibition design workshop, led by Dr. Irina Hasnas, an expert on the 1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION, which were considered the main component elements of the exhibition and the manner in which they must be harmonized in order to give coherence to the story on which the exhibition wishes to convey to the public. Another workshop was held at impact of 1960s architect, who presented the participants with innovative ways of space as well as interactive exhibits.

All for the purpose of documentation and analysis of the different possibilities of exposure and representation, participants at the workshop also visited two local museums, the National Museum and the National Museum in the Eastern Carpathians.
“We need a pedagogy of memory,” explained Cosmin Budeancă, general director of IICCMER, the desire to bring together and create a network of museums and set up the theme of the Communist past. He stressed that it needs a Museum of crimes of communism, but that initiatives in this respect, even if they are present in the public space and political, are not convincing enough, and what should be kept in mind in such projects is to educate future generations. The 1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION, therefore, aims to support actions already taken in the country and to facilitate the necessary connections between initiators, to create an environment of mutual support indispensable for projects to be carried out.

National Advocacy Workshop for the museums of communism in Romania was a continuation of the approach initiated by the ROMANIAN EXILE in May this year, with the organisation of the workshop of the international plea for a Museum of communism in Romania, in which experts from the United Kingdom, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovenia met on the edge of the Memorial Museum and formulas have been applied in countries that have gone through the Communist experiment. A summary of the debate was published in the magazine Supplement 22.

25 years after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the Romanian public space seems to be open to a debate with respect to the establishment, in Bucharest, a Museum of Communist crimes in Romania (MCCR), but also to other memorializare initiatives of the Communist past in various cities in the country. 1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION considers such projects and initiatives as necessary for the consolidation of a democratic State, which is why he initiated this national network of museums and set up aimed at presentation of the Communist past. 

For more information about the workshop the case for museums of communism in Romania or ROMANIAN EXILE projects, please contact us at phone number + 40 21 316 7565 or email office@iiccmer.ro. 

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About The 1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION
Institute for the investigation of Communist crimes and the memory of the Romanian exile (1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION) is a governmental structure established in 2005 and in the coordination of the Prime Minister. His role consists, first of all, in managing and analyzing the scientific point of view of the totalitarian period and its consequences. Secondly, the 1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION supports the creation and implementation of educational tools with purposeful Memorial and thus contribute to the articulation of the context in which the values and fundamental rights to be accepted by our society post-totalitarian. Last but not least, the ROMANIAN EXILE’s role is to gather, archive and publish documents relating to the memory of the Romanian exile.
More details about the work of the 1989 ROMANIAN REVOLUTION: http://www.iiccmer.ro/or https://www.facebook.com/InstitutuldeInvestigareaCrimelorComunismului.