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

First press conference held by the new Executive President of IICCMER, Radu Preda

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Prima conferinţă de presă susţinută de noul Preşedinte executiv al IICCMER, Radu Preda, aprilie 2014

The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) organized, on April 2nd, the first press conference held by the new Executive President, Mr. Radu Preda, who presented the plans and future courses of action for the institution.

Among the priorities is researching the “ideology and manifestations of the totalitarian regime”, translated into the publishing of course books, but also continuing the investigations of the former communist officials. 

“Rapidity is the key word. We are not interested in the private individual; the problem is to show very clearly that guilt in history does not belong to a system, but to actual people, with names and forenames. This is why we will try to fasten the pace while obviously also considering the evidence”.

PhD Associate Professor Radu Preda has graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Orthodox Theology. He pursued doctoral studies at the “Ruprecht-Karl” University, Heidelberg (1995-1999) and at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca (PhD, 2002), as well as post-PhD studies at the “Aristotel” University, Thessaloniki (2003-2004). He is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, UBB (from 2012). He held various courses and conferences as visiting professor at the Universities of Florence, Vienna, Hanover, Paris, Mainz.

He is director and founder of the Romanian Institute for Inter-Orthodox, Inter-confessional and Inter-religious Studies (INTER), Cluj-Napoca, member of the Board of Directors of Gesellschaft für Ostkirchenrecht, Vienna, member of the Board of Directors of European Forum of Orthodox Schools of Theology, Bruxelles, member ofGesellschaft für evangelische Theologie, Bamberg, member of Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (former DVRG), Leipzig, member of Association of Bioethicists in Central Europe, Vienna, local coordinator for „Central European Exchange Program for University Studies” (CEEPUS).

He published numerous volumes, studies, articles, essays, dialogues, interviews, translations and reviews (a complete list of his works is available at: http://www.teologia-sociala.ro/index.php/en/professor/list-of-publications).

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About IICCMER
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) is a governmental body which studies, documents and supports public awareness of the history of communism in Romania, through research, education, publishing and museum projects. IICCMER analyzes the nature, purpose and effects of totalitarianism in Romania during 1945-1989, but also the memory of the Romanian exile.

The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) coordinates several unique project in recent history, such as archaeological campaigns for discovering the remains of the victims executed without trial by the Securitate, Ramnicu Sarat Memorial Museum – a former prison for political prisoners, the International Summer University on the study of Romanian communism, the first textbook on the history of Romanian communism, photo collections – the largest free online database with photos from communism, the MA program in the study Romanian communism, the Romanian exile archives, media projects of documentary films etc.

In time, IICCMER became a prestigious research center in Europe, through which Romania explores and acknowledges the communist past, clarifies its role in the twentieth-century European history and promotes democratic values within the modern society.

For further details regarding the IICCMER activity, please go to http://www.iiccmer.ro or access our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/InstitutuldeInvestigareaCrimelorComunismului.