European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
A lecture by Markus Meckel, a former Minister of foreign affairs of the German Democratic Republic
”1990 unification of Germany – myths and afterthoughts”
Date and venue:
24 October 2012 (Wednesday)
The Pedagogical University of Cracow
ul. Podchorążych 2, Cracow
room no. 337
August 23 is the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism created by the European Parliament in 2008. This day is also the day on which in 1939 the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact was signed. A Pact that allowed for Germany under Hitler and Soviet Union under Stalin to divide much of Europe. As well as dividing the countries between each other, the two totalitarianisms terrorized the citizens of the conuquered areas with concentration camps, gulags, forced labour, crematoria and the cold war.
This year, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity wishes to inaugurate a long term project, which aims to inform Europeans about August 23 – a symbol of remembrance for the victims of 20th century’s totalitarian regimes – victims of Brown and Red terror. An important aspect of these commemorations is a Remember. August 23 badge, which you can find on our website.
Commemorations in Warsaw for the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism were held for the first time on 23 August 2011 during Poland's EU presidency. This saw the signing of the Warsaw Declaration, urging remembrance among Europeans of the criminal consequences of totalitarian regimes and calling on the European Union to support, research and collect documents relating to the crimes committed by these regimes. Last year ceremonies took place in Hungary. This year, ministers of justice and representatives of ministries are meeting with young people from European countries in Lithuania – in Vilnius, Trakai, Paneriai and Druskininkai.
“Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe” project would like to invite you for upcoming seminar devoted to memory studies in France. The seminar is conceived as an introduction to the conference “Regions of Memory” and its aim is to show the regional diversity of memory studies throughout Europe. During the seminar, researchers from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, will present their papers on some aspects of studying collective memory in France.
Date and venue: 20th October 2012, 2:00 – 4:00 pm CEST; Warsaw University Library, Dobra 56/66 street,
The seminar will be held in French and Polish (with simultaneous translation) and available on-line on www.genealogies.enrs.eu (with possibility of asking questions).
On the 2nd of March Mr. Tibor Navracsics, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary and Minister of Public Administration and Justice, during his one-day visit to Warsaw, was a guest in the European Network Remebrance and Solidarity Secretariate.