About Christians under totalitarian rule from 1945 to circa 1960

    7 – 10 August, 2016, Bad Kissingen, Germany

    ENRS had the honor to be a co-organiser of the conference on Christians in the Soviet Occupation Zone/GDR, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Ukraine.

    7 – 10 August, 2016. “Der Heiligenhof” Education Centre and Meeting Place in Bad Kissingen

    Program of the conference

    Welcome and Opening: Introduction to the Conference Program (Rainer Bendel, Tübingen)

    The “European Network Remembrance and Solidarity” and its mission (Matthias Weber, Oldenburg)

    Thematic focus: Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (ČSSR)
    The situation of Christians in Czechoslovakia (Otfrid Pustejovsky, Waakirchen)
    Two faces of the Catholic Church following the Communist assumption of power in Czechoslovakia – Resistance and Adaptation (Jaroslav Šebek, Prague)
    Christians under totalitarian rule in Slovakia (Ivan A. Petranský, Preßburg/ Bratislava)

    Thematic focus: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
    Three days that changed Ukraine. The Pseudo-Synod of Lviv from 8-10 March, 1946, to the “liquidation” of the Greek-Catholic Church in Galicia (Karin Boeckh, Regensburg)
    Everyday life in the underground: Episcopal succession, training of priests and pastoral care, using the example of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (Andriy Mykhaleyko, Eichstätt)
    Stalinist “Reunification of the United Church” in Ukraine: Motives, models, methods (Oleh Turiy, Lemberg/Lviv)

    Thematic focus: Soviet Occupation Zone/GDR
    Christians between the fronts. The Youth dedication ceremony as an expression of the conflict between Church and State in GDR (Thomas Arnold, Dresden)
    Bishop Julius Döpfner in the eyes of the State Security (Jörg Seiler, Erfurt)
    Soviet Occupation Zone/GDR: A minor headwind in the storm of Socialism. On the life of Christians in the GDR and their opportunities for worship. (Josef Pilvousek, Erfurt)

    Meeting of scholarship holders: Introduction and discussion of current projects from Cardinal Bertram Scholarship holders
    “The Ackermann Community and Bohemia: the ‘Persecuted Church’ initiative in the 1960s and 1970s” Lecture from Franz Kubin (Director of Studies, retired), Bamberg
    Conversations with contemporary witnesses
    History, functions and objectives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bamberg. Conversation with the Revd. Bogdan Puszkar, Bamberg

    Thematic focus: Polish People’s Republic
    Christians in the Polish People’s Republic (Jerzy Myszor, Kattowitz/Katowice)
    The situation for Ukrainians in Warmia and Masuria following their resettlement in this area in 1947 (Andrzej Kopiczko, Olsztyn/Allenstein)