International Conference “Totalitarian Buildings of Memory and Conscience” on 20 August in Bucharest, Romania

Afis_Memorie_si_constiinta-WEB-ENBucharest, Prague, 20 August – The Platform and its member organisation, the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), organised the international conference “Totalitarian Buildings of Memory and Conscience” in Bucharest, Romania on 20 August 2018.

The international working conference seeks to examine the situation of major totalitarian prisons which stand empty today in a number of European countries and the possibilities of their preservation as European sites of conscience in a joint pan-European effort. Contributions regarding the current usage of iconic totalitarian buildings in a democratic European context, and regarding memorials, museums and other forms of educational establishments, were presented.

The conference was opened by Mr Alin Mureșan, General Director IICCMER and Platform Acting Managing Director Mr Peter Rendek, who held a minute of silence for all the victims of Nazism and Communism and especially those who dyied during invasion on 21 August 1968 and later in Czechoslovakia. They both later introduced the activities of their institutions in the fields of research, investigation, justice, education and commemoration.

Participants from Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Germany and the Czech Republic contributed during the conference. Closing statement was provided by Mr Radu Preda, Executive President IICCMER.


Venue: 20 August 2018, Hotel Sheraton, Colorado Room
09:30 – 10:00 Registration of participants

10:00 – 11:00 Opening statements

  • Mr Peter Rendek, Acting Managing Director of the Platform
  • Mr Alin Mureșan, General Director IICCMER

11:00 – 12:30 First panel: Romanian and Moldavian Lecturers

  • Mr Alexandru Postică, Republic of Moldova
  • Ms Maria Axinte and Ms Diana Yu, Pitești Memorial Foundation, Romania

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30 Second panel: International experience

  • Mr Miroslav Lehký, Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Czech Republic
  • Ms Daniela Martinowa, Berlin Hochenschoenhausen Memorial, Germany
  • Mr Boštjan Kolarič, Study Centre for National Reconciliation, Slovenia

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17:00 Third panel: Initiatives

  • Mr Martin Andreller, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Estonia
  • Mr Bogdan Dumitrache, Relians and Bogdan Teodorescu, Abral Art Product, Romania


17:00 – 17:30 Closing statement: Mr Radu Preda, Executive President IICCMER



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