Call for Contributions
“After 25 Years: The Central and Eastern European Totalitarianisms in Retrospect”

05.09.2014
3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Totalitarianism for PhD Students
December 4-5, 2014 – Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA


Organizers:
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile
„Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca

The 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Totalitarianism for PhD Students – After 25 Years: The Central and Eastern European Totalitarianisms in Retrospect” is a forum for the presentation of the PhD students’ research results in the fields of history, political sciences, sociology, arts, literature, etc.

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IICCMER announces the release of the 4th volume of its English yearbook


02.09.2014
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) announces the release of the 4th issue of its English yearbook History of Communism in Europe, on the topic Transitional Justice and Civil Societies after Dictatorial Regimes.

The volume comprises theoretical considerations and case studies about the transitional and post-transitional societies in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Latin America, focusing on the role of the civic society in negotiating the policies of justice, retribution and reparation with state institutions.

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Table of Contents History of Communism in Europe no. 4/2013
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Twenty Five Years Later. History and Memory of Communism
The International Conference of Bucharest
20 and 21 November 2014


21.08.2014
Organizers: Memoria Cultural Foundation, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER)

Partners: Francophone Regional Center of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (CeReFREA), National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA)

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IICCMER launches, together with Adevărul newspaper, the debate “Right to Memory. Museum of Communism in Romania”


15.07.2014
Each Thursday, starting with July 17th, 2014, between 11.00-12.00, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, politicians and scholars will come together to talk about our recent past,  lessons of memory and the amnesia of the present.



25 years after the Revolution, eight years after the official, spectacular and disputed condemnation of communism, we are still witnessing a nonchalant amnesia regarding the former regime. While for many people communism comes down to its criminal acts, more than half of the Romanian population regrets its fall.

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The remains of Flore Tahâş, murdered by the communist authorities in 1950, were found


14.07.2014
In an archaeological investigation campaign organized by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), in partnership with the National History Museum of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca (MNIT), on July 14th-15th, 2014, in Sângeorz-Băi city, Bistriţa-Năsăud County, the remains of Flore Tahâş, shot dead on June 25th, 1950, were found.

According to the civil status registry, Flore Tahâş was born in Sângeorz-Băi on July 22nd, 1927.  His parents were Tahâş Dănilă and Floarea, born Bulţa, who had 10 children together, seven boys and three girls, Flore being their fourth born.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Countryside and Communism in Eastern Europe: Perceptions, Attitudes, Propaganda
Sibiu, 25 to 26 September 2015


14.07.2014
Generally, studies on communism in Eastern Europe have focused mainly on various political history topics – the establishment of the new totalitarian regimes, the elimination of democratic order, the repression, the anticommunist resistance – while disregarding the many aspects of social and cultural history in general and, in particular, the transformations in the rural world. Among the latter, the collectivization of agriculture holds a central position.

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IICCMER asks the General Prosecutor’s Office to initiate the criminal proceedings against former deputy commander for security and regime of the Oneşti labor camp, also former deputy commander for security and regime / commander of the Gherla penitentiary for crimes against humanity


10.07.2014
Bucharest, July 8th, 2014 – The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) asked the General Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice to initiate the criminal proceedings against the former deputy commander for security and regime of the Oneşti labor camp, also former deputy commander for security and regime / commander of the Gherla Penitentiary, Lieutenant-major (r) Constantin Istrate (88 years old), for committing crimes against humanity.

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Râmnicu Sărat Summer University
“Prison of Silence, an Experience in Communism”
8th edition, August 22nd - 29th, 2014


23.06.2014
The Summer University of Râmnicu Sărat is the first of its kind in Romania dedicated to the study of the communist repressive system. Based on the concept “Prison of Silence, an Experience in Communism”, the 8th edition sets out to analyze the memory of the 1945 – 1989 period, from a historical and biographical perspective. The participants are invited to gain knowledge and discuss various ideological, social and political aspects of communism. Because the effects of the communist period are still felt today on a large scale in Romanian society, a better understanding of the recent past can contribute to a better understanding of current realities. The students will have the opportunity of taking part in debates and presentations on various topics related to the communist period, held by representatives of IICCMER, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, foreign experts, historians and researchers of communism and post-communism in Romania and Eastern Europe.

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Conference held by Radu Preda at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna: “25 years later. The Culture of Remembrance – The Case of Romania”


10.06.2014
The Executive President of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile, Radu Preda, holds the conference “25 years later. The Culture of Remembrance – The Case of Romania”, on Wednesday, June 11th, from 7 p.m., at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna.

The conference aims to present the way in which a culture of remembrance was shaped in Europe and Romania respectively, 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The event raises a question each country should answer, considering the impressive number of victims: Is Europe aware, 25 years after the fall of communism, of the price of today’s freedom?

IICCMER, partner of the ASTRA Summer School at the Râşnov History Film Festival


25.04.2014
IICCMER is partner in the organization of this year’s ASTRA Summer School, which will take place in Râșnov during August 1st – 10th, 2014, at the VIth edition of the History Film Festival.

The main topics of the Summer School and of the Festival are “The Great War” and “1989 – Did it happen or not?”.

15 students passionate about history will take part in the ASTRA Summer School. They will have free access to lectures and workshops, will meet up with historians and participate in all the festival events.

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Debate on the anticommunist resistance through faith, organized on the former day of the Romanian Communist Party


09.05.2014
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), in partnership with the National Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism (INST) and the Lumea Credinţei Magazine, organized on Thursday, May 8th, at Cărtureşti bookstore in Bucharest, the debate “The anticommunist resistance through faith”, which revealed the amazing stories of some of the victims of the communist repression and the strength they showed in fighting for their ideals.

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The search and exhumation of Gheorghe Paşca and Gavrilă Rus, murdered by the communist Securitate on February 5th, 1956


29.04.2014
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), in partnership with the National History Museum of Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca, organized on April 28th and 29th, 2014, an archaeological investigation in Năsăud city, Bistriţa-Năsăud County. The operation aimed to search, identify and exhume the remains belonging to Gheorghe Paşca and Gavrilă Rus, victims of the Securitate murdered in an armed confrontation near Bichigiu village, Bistriţa-Năsăud County.

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Interview with the former political prisoner Ştefan Romanciuc


25.04.2014
Experts of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) met on April 24th with Ştefan Romanciuc, former political prisoner, who talked about his experience during the communist regime. His testimonies will be used in documenting the investigation cases prepared by IICCMER and in future editorial projects.

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Meeting between IICCMER and the National Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism


16.04.2014
The Executive President of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile, Mr. Radu Preda, together with the President of the IICCMER Scientific Council, Mr. Dinu Zamfirescu, met on Wednesday, April 16th, with the Director of the National Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism, Mr. Radu Ciuceanu, to explore the possibilities of collaboration on the eve of marking 25 years from the fall of the communist regime. The discussions emphasized the need to create a joint platform dedicated to the study of totalitarianism, with the support of all public and private institutions activating in this field. IICCMER aims to federate the memories related to the recent past, so that, aside from the political and ideological options, the memory of communism remains coherent and credible for future generations.

Meeting between the leaders of IICCMER, the Konrad Adenauer Romania Foundation and the Romanian Foundation for Democracy


15.04.2014
The Executive President of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile, Mr. Radu Preda, met on Tuesday, April 15th, with the Head of the KAS Offices in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Sven-Joachim Irmer, and with Mr. Emil Constantinescu, Founding President of the Romanian Foundation for Democracy, at the IICCMER headquarters. The discussions focused on the need of establishing a mutual plan, supported by all the Romanian public figures, regarding the necessity of preserving the memory of the totalitarian period, as well as the urgency of creating a Museum of Communism a quarter of a century after the historical failure of the communist regime.

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Students of “Jean Monnet” high school, on a visit to IICCMER


10.04.2014
On April 10th, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) was visited by a group of students from “Jean Monnet” high school in Bucharest. On this occasion, the students watched the short film Half Shaved (Tuns, ras şi frezat), directed by Bogdan Mureșanu, and talked to the IICCMER experts.

EUROPEAN REMEMBRANCE
3rd Symposium of European institutions dealing with 20th-century history ‘Europe between War and Peace 1914-2004. Turning Points in 20th Century European History’
9-11 April 2014, Prague


10.04.2014
Conference Venue: Czernin Palace, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague

Representatives of 170 institutions and non-governmental organisations from 30 European countries reunited in Prague for the third edition of the international symposium “European Remembrance” to talk about today’s culture of remembrance in the context of this year anniversaries: centenary of the First World War, 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, 25th anniversary of 1989 events and 10th anniversary of the enlargement of the European Union to include former communist bloc countries.

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Members of the European Law Students’ Association on a visit to IICCMER


09.04.2014
On April 8th, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile received the visit of a group of Romanian and Dutch students, part of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), interested in finding out more information about the activity of the Institute and the communist period. The IICCMER experts presented the structure of the Institute, talked about the research and investigation projects they carry out and answered the guests’ questions.

Şcoala Altfel (A different school) Educational Program at IICCMER: Human Rights in the Recent History of Romania


07.04.2014
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, is currently undertaking in Bran the program “A Different School: Human Rights in the Recent History of Romania”, addressed to high school students.

Until April 10th, 20 students from all across the country are participating in creative workshops, film projections, presentations made the IICCMER experts, visits at the historical landmarks and other sociocultural activities meant to draw their interest towards studying the history of the communist regime in Romania.

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


03.04.2014
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.

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