Strong mandate for Stasi Records Commissioner needed

Prague, 22 January 2016. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is alarmed by attempts coming from the German SPD in the Bundestag to dismantle the mandate of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records. A letter was sent today to all chairpersons of the political groups in support of a strong position for Roland Jahn who is standing for re-election next month.

The Chairman of the Bundestag’s Committee for Culture wants to instate the Federal Commissioner for a short temporary time, under the pretext of necessary reforms. The Platform interprets this as an attempt to paralyse the work of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records as well as an attempt to pave the road to dismantling the Office itself. The Stasi Records Office has served as a blueprint for establishing many similar memory institutions in Central and Eastern Europe.

The fact that we are witnessing attacks against memory institutions in difficult times for democracy in Europe is alarming. More than ever, these institutions need to be strengthened today“, says Platform President Göran Lindblad.