Bratislava / Prague, 10 August 2016. At the inauguration of a memorial to Hartmut Tautz, eighteen-year-old East-German refugee who was killed on the Czechoslovak-Austrian border in 1986, participants signed an open letter to 21 representatives of Communist Czechoslovakia calling on them to publicly apologise for his death and killings of other defenceless civilians on the Iron Curtain.
More than 100 people gathered yesterday in Bratislava – Petržalka for the unveiling of a monument to Hartmut Tautz. The event was organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience together with the Bratislava self-administration region and the Slovak Nation’s Memory Institute. It was attended by Mr Pavol Frešo, chairman of the Bratislava Region, Ms Iveta Plšeková, deputy Mayor of Bratislava, Mr Ondrej Krajňák, chairman of the Nation’s Memory Institute, Ms Neela Winkelmann, Managing Director of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Mr Jaroslav Müller, Chairman of the Prague Academic Club 48, members of the diplomatic corps, several Members of the Slovak Parliament, guests from Magdeburg Ms Birgit Neumann-Becker, Regional Commissioner for the Stasi records and Mr Maik Reichel, Director of the Central office for political education, representatives of organisations of victims of Communism, the public and numerous representatives of the media.
At the occasion, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience announced the names of 21 persons responsible for the death of Hartmut Tautz. Participants signed an open letter to them, asking for a public apology for the killing of Hartmut Tautz and other refugees on the Iron Curtain during Communism (see enclosed).
APPEAL IN CZECH WITH SIGNATURES:
PRESS RELEASE IN CZECH: