Conference venue: Estonian Traditional Music Center, Pärimusmuusika Ait, Tasuja pst 6, 71011 Viljandi


28 June 2016

Departure by bus from Tallinn

Arrival in Viljandi

Lunch at the conference venue

Welcome by the organisers
Göran Lindblad, President, Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Toomas Hiio, Chairman of the Board, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Sandra Vokk, CEO, Unitas Foundation

15.30 – 15.40
Opening speech
Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice of Estonia

15.45 – 16.30
Award of the Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience 2016
laureate: Leopoldo Lopez, imprisoned opposition leader, Venezuela

Coffee break

Keynote address
Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, former President of Lithuania and Member of the European Parliament

Session 1: People on the move due to 20th century totalitarianism. Political, social, demographic and economic consequences, legal aspects.
Toomas Hiio, Chairman of the Board, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory: Mass transfer and displacement of population due to 20th century totalitarianism
Dr. Neela Winkelmann,
Managing Director, Platform of European Memory and Conscience, CZ: International crimes committed on the borders of the Communist bloc
Göran Lindblad,
President, Platform of European Memory and Conscience, SE: Totalitarian deportations and emigration as seen from Western Europe

Trip to the forest brothers’ bunker in Ennuksemäe

Icebreaking at Tarvastu

23.15 p.m
return to Viljandi


29 June 2016

Morning coffee


Session 2: Communist deportations
Seppo Vepsäläinen, Finnish Commission of Military History, University of Helsinki, FI: Evacuations of Ingrians and Carelians: Emigrations or Deportations?
Dr. Aigi Rahi-Tamm, Institute of History and Archaeology, University of Tartu, EE: Soviet deportations in Estonia (1941–-1951): open or hidden stories?
Tiberiu Sarafolean, Timisoara Society, RO: Deportations in Romania in the early 1950s
Dr. Christian Fuchs, Chairman, Union of Victims of Communist Tyranny, DE: Deportations within and forced emigration from the GDR

Coffee break

Session 3: National Socialist deportations
Dr. Ruth Bettina Birn, DE: The Nazi vision of the reorganisation of Europe: destruction, racist hierarchies, resettlement
Dr. Damjan Hančič, Study Centre for National Reconciliation, SI: Deportations and emigrations of Slovenians in 20th century committed by three totalitarian regimes
Prof. Hannes H. Gissurarson, Icelandic Research Centre for Innovation and Economic Growth, Iceland: The Strange Story of Two German Emigrants in Iceland

14.30-15.30  Lunch

Session 4: Flight and emigration
Simone Matthaei, Chairwoman, Hannah Arendt Gesellschaft, DE:
Flight from Germany in 1933–1939
Prof. Valters Nollendorfs, Chairman of the Board, Museum of Occupations, LV: Flight of the Elites from Latvia and the Formation of Exile Ideology 1944–1950
Dr. Monika Kareniauskaitė, The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania, LT: Aliyah and the Jewish movement for the right to emigrate to Israel: the case of Soviet Lithuania
Dr. Petr Blažek, Centre for Documentation of Totalitarian Regimes, CZ: Flight and Emigration from Czechoslovakia after 1948 and 1968

17.15 – 17.35
Discussion of the day and closing remarks

17.35 – 18.00
Coffee and sandwiches

City tour / Presentation of Platform Reader for Schools “Lest We Forget. Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe” for teachers and students



30 June 2016

Morning coffee


Session 5: Political life of European émigré communities in exile
Dr. Patryk Pleskot, Institute of National Remembrance, PL: Intelligence activities towards Solidarity migrants in the 1980s
Radek Schovánek, Centre for Documentation of Totalitarian Regimes, CZ: Radio Free Europe broadcasts into the Eastern bloc
Karl Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee, USA: The Role of Diasporas in the U.S. in Advocating on Baltic Issues
Gunārs Nāgels, Executive Director, Museum of Occupations, LV: Rise and Fall of the Latvian Exile community in Australia

Coffee break

Session 6: Emigration from war and conflict regions to Europe today
Panel discussion
Causes of the displacement of population from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, historical background of the emergence of the Islamic state, the role of the Soviet Union and its satellites in the developments in Iraq and Syria from the 1960s until the collapse of the Eastern Bloc

Closing remarks

Trip to Tallinn, a tour in Parika-Väikejärve moor (incl. farewell picnic)

arrival in Tallinn

optional: Tour of Tallinn Old Town