German ARD airs documentary about Platform’s criminal complaint against Czechoslovak Communist perpetrators

Prague, 14 December 2016. The German 1st TV channel ARD aired a documentary on the work of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience last night. The film depicts the flight of 18-year-old East German Hartmut Tautz who was attacked by Czechoslovak border guard dogs and died in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1986 and presents the criminal complaint filed by the Platform in Germany against the perpetrators responsible for the death of Hartmut and four other Germans on the Iron Curtain during Communism.

In August 2016, the Platform filed a criminal complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor General against 67 representatives of the Czechoslovak Communist regime for the killing of five Germans in the years 1967-1986. Platform researchers reconstructed the chain of command of the perpetrators ranging from the border guard soldiers to the last surviving members of the politburo of the Communist party of Czechoslovakia Milouš Jakeš, Lubomír Štrougal and Peter Colotka.

The documentary was aired on 13 December 2016 at 21.45 within the “FAKT“ programme. It can be viewed on the ARD website here  at 14.00-20.00 minutes (until 20 December 2016).

We are pleased by the nationwide broadcast and hope that it will support our pioneering quest for justice for these crimes of the Czechoslovak Communist regime in Germany,“ says Platform Managing Director Neela Winkelmann.