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Announcement: International competition for a memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels

April 27, 2017
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Brussels / Prague, 27 April 2017. At a symposium held in the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience announced the launch of an international competition for a new memorial dedicated to the victims of National Socialism, Fascism and Communism in Europe. The site, chosen together with authorities of...

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German prosecutors call killing of refugees on the border of the ČSSR an international crime and suggest liability for murder for the responsible commanders. Thus the acts have not expired.

March 27, 2017
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EN: Press release PEMC 27.3.2017 DE: Pressemitteilung PEMC 27.3.2017 CZ: Tiskova zprava PEMC 27.3.2017 Prague, 27 March 2017. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience has received two letters already from German prosecutors concerning its comprehensive criminal complaint of 18 August 2016 on the killing of refugees on the borders of Communist Czechoslovakia. According...

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Breakthrough court ruling in Bratislava: Killing of refugee was a crime, family has a right to compensation!

March 13, 2017
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Bratislava / Prague, 13 March 2017. In a breakthrough decision, the district court Bratislava I. decided today to fully rehabilitate Hartmut Tautz, the 18-year-old refugee  who was killed by border guard dogs on the Czechoslovak border with Austria in 1986. Hartmut’s family is entitled to a compensation by the Slovak Republic. The Platform of...

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Success for Platform’s “JUSTICE 2.0” project: Polish prosecutors investigating former Czechoslovak politburo member for killings on the Iron Curtain

February 21, 2017
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Prague / Warsaw / Bratislava, 21 February 2017. The prosecutors of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) – the Main Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation – have instituted criminal proceedings in cases of Polish refugees killed by high-voltage electricity on the Czechoslovak Iron Curtain during Communism. The main...

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Survey: two thirds of Czech secondary school students do not think coming to terms with totalitarianism has been sufficient; improvement of history lessons wanted

December 30, 2016
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Survey: two thirds of Czech secondary school students do not think coming to terms with totalitarianism has been sufficient; improvement of history lessons wanted

Prague, 30 December 2016. Two thirds of Czech secondary school students do not think that coming to terms with totalitarianism in the country has been sufficient. This is the result of a long-term survey by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience carried out in the years 2013, 2015 and 2016 among 2,500 respondents...

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

December 14, 2016
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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...

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Platform endorses decommunisation legislation in Bulgaria

December 5, 2016
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Prague/Sofia , 5 December 2016. The President of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience sent an open letter to the President and the members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, expressing support of the Platform for a new decommunisation amendment currently under discussion. The Council of Members of the Platform...

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