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

Objectives

Above all else, the IICCMER’s main purpose is to meticulously analyze the totalitarian regime and its consequences, resulting in research projects, publishing books and organizing specialized events such as conferences or debates. Secondly, the IICCMER helps uphold the creation and implementation of educational tools to preserve the memory of the regime, which thus assists understanding the contextualization of the current society’s fundamental rights and values as a response to the previous totalitarian regime. The departments that concentrate mostly on these efforts are the Education Bureau and Memory. Lastly, the IICCMER collects, archives and publishes documents on the Memory of the Romanian Exile.

To achieve these objectives, IICCMER will:

a) Analyze the institutional regime and the systems of power within the regime;

b) Highlight the nature of the relationship between the Party and the Securitate, the intersections within these entities and other repressive system within Romania;

c) Describe the institution’s organizational and operational tactics especially, the administration of the political police;

d) Pinpoint the activities of officers, party activists and magistrates working under the repressive apparatus;

e) Identify abuses and crimes committed, ordered or encouraged by those who occupied positions referred to in the subparagraph d);

f) Collect data, documents and testimonies regarding any human rights violations and freedoms during the communist era and based on the authorities of criminal investigations regardless of the time and circumstances under which they occurred;

g) Identify the individuals responsible during the decision-making process regarding communist propaganda, policy and/or economic decisions that generated repressive attitudes within social and cultural life, the rationing of food, and the limited access to information including that of art & culture, through censorship doctrines;

h) Publically convey the knowledge of crimes, abuses, incitements to murder in the name of “class struggle”, committed by the people who occupied the positions referred to in subparagraph d);

i) Organize accessible gallery events in spaces provided by institutions and other public establishments;

j) Organize scientific research projects, conferences, exhibitions or seminars regarding informative-educational public documents resulting from several studies and research;

k) Formulate and understand the views on crimes, abuses and human rights violations committed during the communist regime in Romania, which may lead to the development of drafting new reparation laws;

l) Develop, coordinate and participate within programs and/or projects, training courses and explorative pursuits of other fields of study and investigations mentioned in art. 2 a);

m) Establish public-private partnerships with NGOs, universities, research institutes within the country and abroad, public and local authorities, in order to implement projects and research programs within the field with the approval of the Chief Authorizing Officer;

n) Carry out studies and research, at home and abroad, related to the Romanian exile;

o) Acquire or receive contributions regarding any pieces of evidence, publications or documentations of the former exile;

p) Identify and preserve documents within the country concerning the former exile including originals or copies in any medium, from different countries all over the world;

q) Finance the editing, reediting and publishing of memoirs, books, studies, articles, correspondences, photographic and video collections of documents, photo albums concerning the former Romanian exile;

r) Organize meetings and seminars devoted to the Romanian exile and represent research in this field during national and international conferences;

s) Expand a deposit ranging from publications, books, collections of magazines, newspapers, pamphlets and other documents regarding the former exile between 1940-1989;

t) Function as a point of reference and communication with those formerly exiled that continuously remain outside the country;

u) Acquire material support for the amount allocated to the budget, and the institutions assisting the former exiled that must remain abroad as Romanian entities within those countries.

The institute coordinates several unique projects, as well as exploring archaeological sites containing the corpses of those victimized by the Securitate; the Memorial Museum: Ramnicu Sarat, the only Summer Academic Institution the provides courses regarding the history of communism in Romania; the first textbook on the history of communism, a photographic database considered the largest free online database with photos of the communist regime and Romanian exile.