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Stiftung Berliner Mauer

The purpose of the Berlin Wall Foundation is to document and provide information about the history of the Berlin Wall and the mass migration from the German Democratic Republic as (...)
The purpose of the Berlin Wall Foundation is to document and provide information about the history of the Berlin Wall and the mass migration from the German Democratic Republic as a part and contributory factor of the German division and the East–West conflict. It also aims to preserve historical sites and authentic remains and to provide for a dignified commemoration of the victims of Communist tyranny. The foundation encompasses the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse and the Marienfelde Refugee Centre Memorial. Roughly four million people left East Germany for West Germany. Approximately 1,350,000 of these individuals passed through the Marienfelde Refugee Centre. Today an exhibition recalls the causes, development and consequences of the German-German history of flight and emigration. The Berlin Wall Memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall and is able to convey an impression of the border fortifications. The events that took place here and the other preserved historical remnants and traces of border obstacles on display make the history of the division comprehensible to visitors.

country: Germany
city: Berlin

contact

Bernauer Straße 111
13355 Berlin Germany
www.stiftung-berliner-mauer.de

Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

The Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a federal foundation, which was founded on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag on 25 June 1999. It (...)
The Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a federal foundation, which was founded on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag on 25 June 1999. It supervises the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Information Centre, and – following an amendment on 3 July 2009 – it is also responsible for the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime and the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered under the National Socialist Regime. Moreover, the foundation’s mission is to play a part in ťensuring that all victims of National Socialism are remembered and honoured appropriatelyŤ. It develops special exhibitions, organises lectures and seminars, and creates accompanying publications.

country: Germany
city: Berlin

contact

Georgenstraße 23
D-10117 Berlin Germany
http://www.stiftung-denkmal.de/

Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

German Historical Museum (...)
German Historical Museum History is booming – the German Historical Museum has certainly experienced a surge in interest since its foundation, with numerous temporary exhibitions, an interest which has only increased since its permanent exhibition was opened in 2006. Germany’s two thousand year history, as chequered as it is dynamic, is placed in a European context in an exhibition entitled “German History in Pictures and Documents” and presented to the public in Berlin’s baroque Zeughaus, or former Arsenal. More than 8,000 exclusive exhibits from the German Historical Museums’ collections, whose historical testimonial value is utterly unique, are displayed over 8,000 square metres, presenting a lively, vivid tableau of bygone days. German history is thereby placed in an international context which takes account of both the diverse events demarcating political and historico-cultural exchange, in addition to its integration with neighbouring states’ cultural heritage. The permanent exhibition is supplemented by temporary special exhibitions housed in the modern exhibition building, which was designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. The spacious new building, with a foyer constructed of glass and steel and a striking helical staircase, was opened in 2003, and can also be accessed via the inner courtyard of the Zeughaus. Significant events and formative facets of German history are displayed across four levels.

country: Germany
city: Berlin

contact

Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin Germany
www.dhm.de

Stiftung Ettersberg

The idea for establishing the Stiftung Ettersberg traces back to the Spanish author Jorge Semprún, who passed away in 2011 and who, as a former Buchenwald prisoner, first, on the (...)
The idea for establishing the Stiftung Ettersberg traces back to the Spanish author Jorge Semprún, who passed away in 2011 and who, as a former Buchenwald prisoner, first, on the occasion of the award ceremony for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1994, encouraged making the Ettersberg, on which the concentration camp Buchenwald and afterwards the Soviet special camp no. 2 was erected, a fruitful benchmark for the Germans’ two-time experience of dictatorship from a European perspective and to serve the democratic development in Central and Eastern Europe and the European integration. In 2002, the Minister President of Thuringia at that time, Dr. Bernhard Vogel, set up the Stiftung Ettersberg based in Weimar as a foundation under civil law. At first, the foundation was dedicated to the comparative research of European dictatorships in the 20th century and their democratic transformation. It is intended to contribute to the historical reappraisal and comparative analysis of dictatorships of fascistic, National Socialist and communist provenance as well as authoritarian regimes, more clearly elaborate their domination mechanisms and their driving forces but also the meaning of opposition and resistance against authoritarian and totalitarian oppression and keep the memory of the victims of dictatorial power alive. Furthermore, it is intended to deal with the problems of the transition from dictatorship to democracy and the conditions for stability in a free democracy and therefore, contribute to teaching democracy. The Stiftung Ettersberg holds international symposia from a European-comparative perspective, academic expert conferences and colloquia, the results of which are published in the foundation’s own publication series and in a brochure series „Kompakt“. It organizes its own exhibitions and conducts an annual school competition on the subject: “Experience of dictatorship and democratic changes in Germany and Europe“. Moreover, since 2012 the foundation has been establishing the Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte (memorial and educational institution) Andreasstraße in Erfurt, in the building of the former remand centre of the secret police. This location stands for both the repression in the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) dictatorship as well as for the liberation from the dictatorship because that is where the first occupation of an object belonging to the Ministry for State Security in the GDR took place on December 4, 1989. The commemoration of the victims of the terror regime is linked to an authentic place in the Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Andreasstraße with the complex examination of the SED dictatorship and education in free democracy, which is imbedded in European comparative dictatorship research. This is intended to create a vivid and spirited place of coming to terms with the dictatorial past from a European-democratic perspective, which can provide generations to come with a necessary orientation. Today, the linking of historically comparative research to the reappraisal of the SED dictatorship at an authentic location and education in democracy is the trademark of the Stiftung Ettersberg, which thus realises a multidimensional concept of reappraisal, which is unique throughout Germany and Europe.;Prof. Dr.

country: Germany
city: Weimar

contact

Jenaer Straße 4
99425 Weimar Germany
stiftung-ettersberg.de

Stowarzyszenie Wolnego Słowa

Free Word Association was founded in 2003. It brings together members of the democratic opposition and the Solidarity underground movement and independent publishing in 1976 - (...)
Free Word Association was founded in 2003. It brings together members of the democratic opposition and the Solidarity underground movement and independent publishing in 1976 - 1989. The co-founders of the Association were late Jan Nowak, Maciej Lukasiewicz, Janusz Krupski, Stefan Melaka, and among other Bronislaw Komorowski, Zbigniew Romaszewski. The goal of SWS is to integrate the former underground activists and support those of us who are in difficult living conditions. The Association monitors compliance with freedom of speech in Poland, taking a position on not only its violations, but the abuse. The Association is also working to free speech in other countries and defends the rights of political refugees in Poland and working to integrate them. The Association is also involved in the collection, compilation, commemorating and dissemination of knowledge about the activities of the democratic opposition and the Solidarity underground years 1976-1989. SWS since 2007, has its own seat at. Marszałkowska 7 in Warsaw. SWS serves as organizing numerous cultural, educational, scientific and historical backgrounds as well as meetings of the former opposition.

country: Poland
city: Warszawa

contact

ul. Marszałkowska 7
00-626 Warszawa Poland
www.sws.org.pl

The Center for Research on Liberation Movement

The Center for Research on the Liberation Movement is a Ukrainian scientific NGO dealing with anti-communist movements in Central and Eastern Europe, national memory problems, (...)
The Center for Research on the Liberation Movement is a Ukrainian scientific NGO dealing with anti-communist movements in Central and Eastern Europe, national memory problems, access to archives, crimes of totalitarian regimes in XX century and struggle against them. Nowadays the Center for Research on the Liberation Movement is: - a unique scientific center specializing in the history of Ukrainian liberation movement, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA); - inquiry office, providing all interested persons and institution with necessary information, expert conclusions about the history of liberation movement, totalitarian regimes in XX century; - a unique archive of oral, written, photo and video witnesses about liberation movement, OUN, UPA, repressive politics of regimes in Ukraine, dissidents’ movement, Orange Revolution (Since 2010 an E-archive is being formed in cooperation with Ivan Franko Lviv National University); - a specialized library; - an institution studying the experience of the Eastern and Central Europe in overcoming totalitarianism consequences, developing and analyzing national memory policy. The Center unities specialists from different parts of Ukraine and abroad. It edits historical collection, holds scientific conferences and seminars, publishes books, memoires and documents, and cooperates with mass-media. The Center was active in struggle for free access to the KGB’s archives. As a result, in 2007 the Director of the Center was invited by the Security Service of Ukraine to head corresponding archive department and fulfill declassification of the documents what was successfully done in 2008-2010. In 2009 the National Victims of Occupation Regimes Memorial “Lontsky Prison” was created in the former KGB prison in Lviv. The Center was main initiator and an engine of the process. In 2012 Center became a member of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.

country: Ukraine
city: Lviv

contact

S.Bandery St.1
79013 Lviv Ukraine
http://cdvr.org.ua

The Committee for Disclosing the Documents and Announcing Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens to the S

An independent state institution that keeps the documents of former Bulgarian State Security and the intelligence services of Bulgarian National Army that were produced during the (...)
An independent state institution that keeps the documents of former Bulgarian State Security and the intelligence services of Bulgarian National Army that were produced during the period between 9 September 1944 and 16 July 1991. It also determines and announces Bulgarian citizens’ affiliation to the referred structures.

country: Bulgaria
city: Sofia

contact

1, Vrabcha Str.
1000 Sofia Bulgaria
www.comdos.bg

The Emigration Museum in Gdynia

The Emigration Museum in Gdynia is the only place in Poland, which will present the history of emigration from the Polish lands. It is also one of only a few institutions of this (...)
The Emigration Museum in Gdynia is the only place in Poland, which will present the history of emigration from the Polish lands. It is also one of only a few institutions of this type in the world where this story can resound in such an adequate place – a unique building of the Maritime Station that served the purpose to handle migration waves for many years. The history of emigration is a very personal, deeply moving story - made up of millions of people’s fates. We would like to convey, as faithfully as possible, emotions felt by expatriates when they were taking a decision to emigrate, leave their family and friends, give up their style of life and homeland; to tell about their journey hardships, experiences of encounter with exotic, multi-cultural communities and building one’s identity on new lands. It will also be a story about the world of emigration business from the inside: transport routes, logistics companies, people living by organization of smuggling of migrants waves. Finally – about the port as a hub of the whole transport system and the conditions, in which our fellow countrymen travelled to another world. It is the story, which concerns all of us. The significance and scale of the phenomenon of emigration for our national identity is reflected by the fact that Poland is one of the global leaders as regards scattering of the national outside the state borders. Another goal of the Emigration Museum is to build a contemporary cultural institution, which would combine exhibition, artistic, popularizing and educational functions under one meaningful address – Gdynia, Polska street No 1. Through the profile of permanent and temporary exhibitions, an art house and drama the Museum will play a role of a center of cultural activities combining art with sciences. We want this emerging institution to become both an entertainment place and the center of cultural industry in a wide sense. By presenting the history of the Polish emigration we also undertake an attempt to create an archive of Polish expatriates – a computer data base of life stories of expatriate families. Under this project we will carry out such activities, as collection of documents, artefacts and relics, investigation of sources, audio-video notations, publications, scientific exchange. The future Museum counts on co-operation and assistance of all research centers dealing with the issues relating to emigration and the Polish community abroad.

country: Poland
city: Gdynia

contact

Al. Marszałka Piłsudskiego 18
81-378 Gdynia Poland
http://www.muzeumemigracji.pl/

The Foundation of Polish-German Cooperation

The Foundation of German-Polish Cooperation(FGPC) has been providing funds for projects since 1991. The FGPC finances projects which are implemented in Poland and/or in Germany by (...)
The Foundation of German-Polish Cooperation(FGPC) has been providing funds for projects since 1991. The FGPC finances projects which are implemented in Poland and/or in Germany by Polish and German partners jointly. During 20 years of its activity the FGPC has financed over 10.000 bilateral projects and made contribution to the German-Polish understanding. Mission and aims The main task of the foundation is to support valuable German-Polish initiatives. In detail, the foundation finances: partnership between institutions, projects of educational character widening the knowledge of Germany and Poland and promoting Polish and German language skills, science cooperation as well as artistic and literary projects. The FGPC also realizes its own projects like scholarship programmes for journalist and students, film productions, debates, conferences like the German-Polish Media Days.

country: Poland
city: Warszawa

contact

Zielna 37
00-108 Warszawa Poland
www.fwpn.org.pl

The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania (LGGRTC)

The LGGRTC is a public institution, founded by the Lithuanian Parliament in 1993. It reports back to the Parliament and the National Government. (...)
The LGGRTC is a public institution, founded by the Lithuanian Parliament in 1993. It reports back to the Parliament and the National Government. The LGGRTC is the biggest national organization concerned with research on genocide and crimes against humanity committed during Soviet and Nazi occupations, and on armed and non-violent resistance movements in Lithuania. The LGGRTC collects and preserves documentary material, testimony and oral stories told by witnesses. One of its departments is well known Museum of Genocide Victims.

goals

1. To study persecution of local residents by Soviet and Nazi regimes; armed and non-violent resistance in Lithuania. 2. To disseminate and to popularize the results of the scientific research. 3. To memorialize key events, genocide victims and freedom fighters. 4. To work with youth, deepening their knowledge and developing their ability to evaluate historical processes.
type: research centre
country: Lithuania
city: Vilnius

contact

Didžioji str. 17/1
LT-01128 Vilnius Lithuania
tel: +37052314139
e-mail: centras@genocid.lt
Contact: Vilma Juozeviciute, Chief specialist for public relations
www.genocid.lt

The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile

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The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), established by means of Governmental Decree no. 1372/2009 with its further amendments, is a public institution subordinated to the Government of Romania and under the co-ordination of the prime minister. The main objectives of the Institute are: • to administer and analyse, in a rigorous and scientific manner, the memory of the communist regime in Romania, as well as its consequences; • to support the setting-up of educational tools destined to analyse the memory of the communist period, and to encourage the development of a culture based on liberty, democracy and the rule of law; • to cultivate and promote scientific research and advanced studies in the field of the history of communism by means of critical and comparative methods as well as by following international standards; • to collect, archive and publish documents referring to the Romanian exile in the interval 1940-1989. • to investigate scientifically and to identify the crimes, abuses, and human rights’ infringements during the entire duration of the communist regime in Romania, as well as to notify state bodies when breaches of law are discovered.

country: Romania
city: Bucharest

contact

Str. Alecu Russo, nr. 13-19, et. 5, ap. 11
Bucharest Romania
www.iiccmer.ro

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes ensures the examination and impartial evaluation of the period of Nazi occupation and communist totalitarian power, (...)
The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes ensures the examination and impartial evaluation of the period of Nazi occupation and communist totalitarian power, anti-democratic and criminal activity by entities of the state, particularly its security forces, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and organisations based on their ideology. The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes prepars exhibitions, publishing and distributing periodical and non-periodical publications, putting on conferences, seminars, lectures and discussions, administering the Ján Langoš Library and the Memory of Nation digital archive of testimonies of witnesses to history, and cooperating with various Czech and foreign partners, be they institutions, civic associations or publishers.

country: Czech Republic
city: Prague

contact

Siwiecova 2
Prague Czech Republic
http://www.ustrcr.cz/en

The Museum of the Popular Front of Latvia

The Museum of the Popular Front of Latvia is a storehouse of evidence of the latvian modern history. It contains a unique collection of objects and dokuments pertinent to the (...)
The Museum of the Popular Front of Latvia is a storehouse of evidence of the latvian modern history. It contains a unique collection of objects and dokuments pertinent to the historical events and participants of the Third Awakening. part of this task is to provide storage for historical materials , their research and promotion within the latvian society. the Museum accumulates dokuments concerning the work of the Popular Front of Latvia, the organisation that has played a major role in Latvias regaining of independence.

country: Latvia
city: Riga

contact

Vecpilsetas 13/15
LV1050 Riga Latvia
www.ltfmuz.lv

The Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University

The Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University is an archival laboratory. While actively collecting, preserving, and making openly accessible documents related to (...)
The Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University is an archival laboratory. While actively collecting, preserving, and making openly accessible documents related to recent history and human rights, we continue to experiment with new ways to contextualize primary sources, developing innovative tools to explore, represent, or bridge traditional archival collections in a digital environment. Our approach to acquisition is increasingly proactive and inclusive, and we actively seek out non-traditional material, material previously marginalized based on its content, social origin, or form. At OSA Archivum, professional archival work is integrated with public programs, and our Galeria Centralis serves as the focal point of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, lectures, and seminars. Through all of these endeavors, we advocate: open access and transparency in public administration; equal rights to information; the ethical use of private data; open formats and open standards; and broad access to cultural heritage.

country: Hungary
city: Budapest

contact

Arany Janos utca 32
1051 Budapest Hungary
http://osaarchivum.org/

The Remebrance and Future Center

The Remembrance and Future Institute was created to document and popularize the post-war history of Wrocław and Lower Silesia. (...)
The Remembrance and Future Institute was created to document and popularize the post-war history of Wrocław and Lower Silesia. The Memory and Future Institute was brought into being on 11 March 2007 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2009 it has a status of an institution of culture of the city of Wrocław.

goals

We organize unconventional exhibitions, public space events and educational projects, thus getting directly to the audience and making history interesting. We run the biggest in the region archives of oral history, we also prepare publications and films on academic themes for the general public. Our team are young, energetic people always full of new ideas. Our goal is to pass our passion for the unique history of our city and region on others. We simply cannot live without history!
type: museum
country: Poland
city: Wrocław

contact

ul. Teatralna 10-12
50-055 Wrocław Poland
tel: (+48) 71 334 90 44
e-mail: biuro@pamieciprzyszlosc.pl
Contact: Marek Mutor
pamieciprzyszlosc.pl

Tom Lantos Institute

The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) is an independent human and minority rights organisation with a particular focus on Jewish, Roma and Hungarian communities and other ethnic or (...)
The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) is an independent human and minority rights organisation with a particular focus on Jewish, Roma and Hungarian communities and other ethnic or national, linguistic and religious minorities. As an international research, education and advocacy platform, TLI aims to bridge the gaps between research and policy, norms and practice. The TLI was established in Hungary in May 2011 by the decision of the Hungarian Government and the U.S. Senate to honour and continue the legacy of Tom Lantos, a Hungarian-American and the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to the United States Congress. A powerful voice for human rights and civil liberties throughout his life, he was the Co-Founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and rose to become the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. After his death, Congress permanently established the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Core funding of the organisation is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Centre for Democracy Public Foundation. The organisation also receives project funding from a variety of intergovernmental and private sources.

goals

The Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) is an independent human and minority rights organisation with a particular focus on Jewish, Roma and Hungarian communities and other ethnic or national, linguistic and religious minorities. As an international research, education and advocacy platform, TLI aims to bridge the gap between research and policy, norms and practice. In 2013-2016, TLI’s principal strategic goal is human and minority rights education. TLI uses multidisciplinary approaches, focusing primarily on three issue areas: 1. Jewish life and anti-Semitism: Countering anti-Semitism Promoting the identity and participation of Jewish communities 2. Roma rights and citizenship: Combating anti-tsiganism and political, social and economic exclusion and discrimination Promoting effective participation in social, economic and cultural life and in public affairs 3. Human and minority rights: Promoting human and minority rights education Contributing to the effectiveness of the international regime of minority protection
type: other
country: Hungary
city: Budapest

contact

Bérc utca 13-15
1016 Budapest Hungary
e-mail: info@tomlantosinstitute.hu
Contact: Louise Métrich
www.tomlantosinstitute.hu

TU-Berlin

Technische Universität
Technische Universität

country: Germany
city: Berlin

contact

Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin Germany

Ukrainian Institute of National Memory

Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (UINM) was established in 2006. Director: Corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, (...)
Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (UINM) was established in 2006. Director: Corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Valery Soldatenko. On June 01, 2013 the scientific potential of the UINM has 15 doctors and 15 candidates of sciences. 1. General Provisions. According to the Presidential Decree ? 1086 of December 09, 2010 and the Regulation on UINM, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers (CM) of Ukraine on January 31, 2011 ? 74 and received the status of a research institution under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The main objectives of the Institute are: 1) scientific and analytical support for the formation of public policies on the national memory

country: Ukraine
city: Kyiv

contact

Lypska St. 16
1021 Kyiv Ukraine
www.memory.gov.ua

Unitas Foundation

The Unitas Foundation was founded in 2008 in Tallinn, Estonia with the mission to build reconciliation between and within societies divided by totalitarianism. (...)
The Unitas Foundation was founded in 2008 in Tallinn, Estonia with the mission to build reconciliation between and within societies divided by totalitarianism. The Foundation opposes totalitarianism regardless of time and place, and it mainly focuses on educational and awareness raising activities on Communist regimes. We also facilitate research into communist regimes and transitional issues by for experts in the fields of history, political science, education, etc.

country: Estonia
city: Tallinn

contact

Roseni 7
10111 Tallinn Estonia
unitasfoundation.org

University of Bucharest, Political Science Department

Founded in 1991, the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest set itself the objective of institutionalising political science as an important and autonomous (...)
Founded in 1991, the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest set itself the objective of institutionalising political science as an important and autonomous domain in the area of academic research. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research in the field of political science and form students at high academic standards.

country: Romania
city: Bucharest

contact

8, Spiru Haret Street
7000 Bucharest Romania
www.fspub.unibuc.ro

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