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Petr Blažek: Ryszard Siwiec 1909–1968


The Czech-English publication, published jointly by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes of the Czech Republic and Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, offers all basic materials available about Ryszard Siwiec, a 59-year-old Polish citizen, who committed self-immolation in a Warsaw stadium on September 8, 1968 in protest against the August Occupation of Czechoslovakia by armies of Warsaw Pact countries and the participation of the troops of the Polish People’s Republic in the invasion.

Istytut Pamieci Narodowej, ÚSTR, Prague 2015, 1st edition, bound publication, 248 pages, ISBN 978-83-7629-847-4 (IPN), ISBN 978-80-87912-33-1 (ÚSTR)

Published: 07.09.2015

Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity. Housing in Czechoslovakia 1945–1960

Presentation of a book and a lecture by Kimberly Elman Zarecor.

  • Date: 25 May 2015 at 5 pm
  • Venue: The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Siwiecova 2, Prague 3 ( Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů, Siwiecova 2, Praha 3)
  • The lecture will be held in English, no interpretation is provided.

Published: 12.05.2015

Velehrad is Calling You! The influence of the Conference of Helsinki on the development of Church activities in Central Europe

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes organizes a conference and an exhibition called VELEHRAD IS CALLING YOU! The influence of the Conference of Helsinki on the development of Church activities in Central Europe. The conference and the exhibition will be held on 11 – 12 June 2015.

  • Main partners of the conference: Aletti Centre Velehrad-Roma in Olomouc, Institute for Intercultural, Interreligious and Ecumenical Research and Dialogue of Palacký University in Olomouc, Nation’s Memory Institute in Bratislava.
  • Media partners: Czech office of Vatican Radio, Katolický týdeník (Catholic Weekly), Radio Proglas, Television NOE.
  • Venue: area of the pilgrimage place Velehrad, Zlín Region, South Moravia, Czech Republic

Published: 16.01.2015

International inter-disciplinary conference School vs. Memory? Conflict, Identity, Coexistence (Central Europe)

More information www.schoolxmemory.eu

  • Date: 10 - 11 October 2014
  • Venue: Prague, Faculty of Arts Charles University
  • Actual information, program and the online registration form you will find at www.schoolxmemory.eu

In Central European countries, a tension potentially arises between history education in schools and memory at the level of family, social group or community. Memory as a concept describing a plurality of modes of relating to the past has gained grounds both in the humanities and in social sciences. Memory replaces or complements traditional historical narratives. This conference focuses on memory from a didactic perspective. Our aim is to deal with questions such as What are the difficulties that result from the employment of memory layer into the traditional interpretative frameworks employed at school? How does memory layer arise and what are its sources? What role does the family memory play in the creation of historical consciousness? Where are frictions between family remembering and school history narratives formed and under what conditions do they vanish? And last but not least: What does the impact of this memory in the classrooms look like?

Published: 17.08.2014

Discussion with Revaz Cincadze, Georgian protestor against 1968 Soviet invasion – Sudden and obscene invasion of the Czechoslovakia

  • Communication Space Školská 28 (Prague 1), 21. 8. 2014, 18.00

The Václav Havel Library and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes invite you to a discussion with Revaz Cincadze, one of the “nameless” Soviet citizens who protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by allied forces in August 1968.

Revaz Cincadze’s case is interesting in that he was not a member of any dissident group and had not been connected to any particular organisations, associations or groups in existence in Georgia in the Soviet period. He carried out his protest in an unusual manner, writing two letters to Alexei Kosygin, chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, sharing his views about the entire construction of the country. He began the second letter, dated 14 March 1970, with the words “I express my emphatic and irate protest in connection with the sudden, obscene and completely unjustified invasion of the territory of Czechoslovakia by Soviet soldiers. The entire world has stood up against us and against this treachery.” For writing this letter, Revaz Cincadze was arrested and underwent psychiatric examination. He was interned at a psychiatric clinic in Kazan for alleged schizophrenia and was released after almost two years.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Georgian Embassy.

Published: 07.08.2014