Students open the road toward a pan-European memorial to victims of totalitarianism in Brussels

Prague, 30 August 2016. At the Ministerial conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes held by the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU in Bratislava on 22-23 August 2016, the Platform staged an exhibition of the winning entries of the competition for a proposal of a pan-European memorial to the victims of totalitarianism. The five young finalists aged 17-21 have opened the road toward creating this important memorial in Brussels.

The competition for a proposal of a pan-European memorial to the victims of totalitarianism was organised between May – July 2016 in cooperation of Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the European Shoah Legacy Institute under the auspices of EU Commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport Mr Tibor Navracsics.

Commissioner Navracsics, Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Lucia Žitňanská as well as Platform President Göran Lindblad and Managing Director Neela Winkelmann met and honoured the five students Anna Korbašová (SK), Daniel Knizner (SK), Michaela Kacsiová (SK), Milan Chrobák (CZ) and Štěpán Šmejkal (CZ) at the ministerial event in Bratislava.

The winning entries can be viewed HERE.

The students have taken the first steps. The Platform will continue to work toward the creation of the memorial in Brussels, as called for by the European Parliament in 2009,“ says Platform President Göran Lindblad.