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The totalitarian period must not be forgotten, said Prime Minister Petr Nečas

On October 14, 2011 the main representatives of the European organizations that study the totalitarian past signed an agreement on the establishment of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland attended the signing.

I am glad that today we have an opportunity to sign a cooperation agreement between institutions that deal with the research of the totalitarian past, especially when those institution are from both sides of the former Iron Curtain,” said the Czech Prime Minister in his speech during the international association agreement signature ceremony. The main task of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience is to coordinate research and projects regarding the coming to terms with totalitarian past on the European level.

Prime Minister Petr Nečas remarked that all four countries of the Visegrad Group have gone through two totalitarian regimes in their modern history. “This must not be forgotten, because it was a period of fight for freedom,” said Petr Nečas in his speech. “Our nations deserve the truth about their past and I believe that the establishment of this Platform will help to find the truth about this history,” added the Prime Minister.

According to Daniel Herman, head of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the Platform could also provoke interest in countries, which have dealt with a totalitarian regime only recently. Herman also added that three years of preparations preceded the establishment of the association. “We are ready to do our best in the service of truth, as knowing the truth provides liberation,“ said Daniel Hermann at the official establishment of the Platform.



List of Members of and statutory representatives signing the founding document

(List as of 14 October, 2011)


Hannah Arendt Center – Sofia
Singatory Mr Vasil Kadrinov, Director

Czech Republic:

Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
Singatory Mr Daniel Herman, Director

Security Services Archive
Singatory Ms Jana Poddaná, Director


Estonian Institute of Historical Memory
Singatory Mr Toomas Hiio, Member of the Board

Unitas Foundation
Singatory Mr Uve Poom, Member of the Board


The Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR
Singatory Mr Roland Jahn, Federal Commissioner

Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial
Singatory Mr Hubertus Knabe, Director

Hannah Arendt Society
Singatory Ms Simone Matthaei, Chair

The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society Singatory Ms Mária Schmidt, Director


The Occupation Museum Association of Latvia
Singatory Ms Gundega Michele, Director

Association for Research of Occupation of Latvia
Singatory Ms Inese Vaidere, based on power of attorney


Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania
Singatory Mr Ronaldas Račinskas, Head of the Secretariat

The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
Singatory Ms Terese Birutė Burauskaitė, Managing Director


Foundation History of Totalitarian Regimes and their Victims
Singatory Mr Johann Grünbauer, Member of the Board


Institute of National Remembrance
Singatory Mr Łukasz Kamiński, President

Warsaw Rising Museum
Singatory Mr Paweł Ukielski, Deputy Director


Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile
Singatory Mr Bogdan Iacob, Secretary of the Scientific Council


Ján Langoš Foundation
Singatory Filip Vagač, Administrator of the Foundation


Study Centre for National Reconciliation
Singatory Ms Andreja Valič Zver, Director


The Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism
Singatory Ms Camilla Andersson, Founder and CEO