Prague / Wrocław, 23 November 2015. At the annual Council of Members which took place on 17-19 November 2015 in Wrocław, Poland, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience elected a new Board, admitted three new Members and adopted a statement on reconciliation.
At its gathering hosted by the Remembrance and Future Institute in the beautiful Wrocław Town Hall, the Platform discussed the situation in Ukraine and the Polish-German reconciliation after WWII started by a letter of the Polish bishops to their German brothers in faith 50 years ago. Representatives of the Platform then attended the solemn opening of the exhibition „Pojednanie/Versöhnung in progress…” in the Town Hall of Wroclaw and a memorial concert in the National Forum of Music.
The new Board of the Platform elected as of 19 November 2015 are Managing Director Neela Winkelmann; President Göran Lindblad; Executive Board – 4 members: Toomas Hiio, member of the Board, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory; Siegfried Reiprich, Director, Saxon Memorial Foundation for the Remembrance of Victims of Political Tyranny from Germany; Zsolt Szilágyi, head of cabinet of László Tőkés, Memember of the European Parliament from Romania and Paweł Ukielski, Deputy Director, Institute of National Remembrance from Poland.
Prof. Valters Nollendorfs, Chairman of the Board, Occupation Museum Association of Latvia, was re-elected to the Supervisory Board.
Acclaimed American-Polish journalist and author Anne Applebaum, former Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša and renowned Czech actor and civic activist Ondřej Vetchý were appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Platform.
New Members of the Platform admitted as of 19 November 2015 are the National museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial”, Ukraine; the Polish History Museum, Poland and the Timisoara Society, Romania.
Resolution of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience
On the 50th anniversary of sending The Address of the Polish Bishops to their German Brothers containing the historical and deeply touching declaration “We forgive and ask for forgiveness”;
In recognition of the exceptional service of Cardinal Bolesław Kominek, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Wrocław, in the process of reconciliation between the nations;
Remembering that a dialogue based on the historical truth is a condition for peaceful coexistence of nations;
Fully aware of challenges that Europe is facing today;
We, gathered in Wrocław at the convention of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, pay tribute to all those people who contributed to the process of European reconciliation.
Reconciliation built on the truth has healed and may still heal the wounds inflicted by the totalitarian systems. We believe that the heritage of the Address of Polish Bishops from 1965 is still relevant and may be rediscovered as a universal model for solving conflicts and constructing an order based on the truth and forgiveness.