Jilava Memorial MuseumOne of the most important projects of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania is the turning of the former Prison of Jilava (Fort no.13) into the Jilava Memorial Museum, which is to focus on communist repression in Romania and its victims. The Institute’s partners in this project are the Association of Former Political Prisoners in Romania, The Memoria Cultural Foundation, The Civic Academy Foundation and the Group for Social Dialogue. After having signed a collaboration protocol concluded at the end of October 2006, the initiators are waiting for the rightful owner of the building, namely the Ministry of Justice, to complete the legal formalities so that the IICCR may take on the administration of the building. The building will be renovated and fitted out according to the latest standards in interior/exterior architecture and museum design from the funds of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania. Data, testimonies, documents, objects, audio/video recordings and photographs related to the communist repression in Romania will be collected in the new edifice situated in the outskirts of Bucharest. The IICCR’s partners in this project will make complementary efforts in order to organize a series of debates and media events in order to make the Museum known to the large public and thus to increase interest towards communist repression in Romania.
Pictures From Jilava (Fort no.13)
The former Prison of Râmnicu SăratThe former Prison of Râmnicu Sărat, a detention center where the political leaders of the interwar period were incarcerated and exterminated, is also going to be turned into a museum of communist repression. The Ministry of Culture and Cults gave its consent so that the IICCR may take on the administration of the former prison. Still, the Institute has got to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Finance. The building will be most probably administered by the IICCR starting with the spring of 2007. The renovation and the fitting out of the building will begin the same year. All restoration operations will benefit by foreign technical assistance and specialized expertise. Partnerships with similar institutions from Europe, the United States of America and Israel, which have already developed such projects, will be concluded as well.