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

Behind the Iron Curtain. 20 Years after the Fall of Communism

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Dincolo de Cortina de Fier, 2009

Between 15 and 19 January 2009, Dschungel Wien, the most important theater for children and youngsters within Museumsquartier (the tenth largest cultural area in the world), hosted a series of events entitled Behind the Iron Curtain.

The events were organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna in collaboration with the Cultural Association Ensemble Europa, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania (IICCR), under the high patronage of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. The happening is part of a series of projects launched by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna in 2009 so as to mark 20 years since the fall on the communist regime in Romania.

The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania presented the exhibition What does Communism Mean to Me?, which presented a selection of graphic works and essays that participated in the contest by the same name, organized by the IICCR in the spring of 2008.

Ms. Carmen Bendovski, managing director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna, Ms. Martina Simbuerger, managing director of the Dschungel Center Vienna, Ms. Raluca Grosescu, Head of the Documentation and Research Office (IICCR) and four finalist students within the foregoing contest attended the opening of the event.