Platform calls for a minute of silence for the women executed, killed, imprisoned, tortured and persecuted during Communism

kasimatiPrague/Tallinn/Riga/Vilnius/Warsaw/Berlin/Dresden/Bratislava/Ljubljana/Bucharest/Tirana/Kyiv/8 March 2017. On 8 March, the day recognised as International Women’s Day, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience calls for a minute of silence at 12.00 noon CET for the millions of women who fell victim to the Communist dictatorship.

The International Women’s Day, with its roots in the women’s worker movement in the USA at the beginning of the 20th century, was appropriated by the Communist dictatorships in Europe as an ideological holiday and celebrated in a pompous way. Red flowers were officially presented to women and alcohol was drunk on 8 March.

The Platform wishes to draw attention to the fact that the Communist regime was excessively brutal to women. For political reasons, women were executed after staged trials or without trial, killed when trying to flee across the Iron Curtain, sent to prisons, concentration camps and forced labour camps where countless perished; women were tortured, denied their dignity and persecuted in many other ways. Women survivors of Communist persecution find it more difficult than men to speak about the trauma they suffered.

Therefore, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience calls upon the international community to observe a minute of silence on 8 March 2017 at 12.00 noon CET to recognise and commemorate the countless millions of women whose fundamental human rights were violated during Communism.

Press release PEMC 8.3.2017             Attachment – women executed by Communists

Tiskova zprava PEMC 8.3.2017

Some of the women executed by Communists in the 20th century:

Photo sources:

Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture, Albania
Estonian Institute for Historical Memory, Estonia
Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Czech Republic
Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, Germany
Occupation Museum of Latvia, Latvia
The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania, Lithuania
Warsaw Rising Museum, Poland
The Victims of Communism Memorial / Civic Academy Foundation, Romania
Study Centre for National Reconciliation, Slovenia
Centre for Research on the Ukrainian Liberation Movement, Ukraine
Holodomor Museum, Ukraine
Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, Ukraine
Memorial International, Russian Federation