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Unspoken Truths

Summary of the Project

The project aims to encourage informed public debate about the history and legacy of communism in Europe and in particular the importance of public opposition against the totalitarian regime in the period 1953-1989 in all post-communist countries.

Objectives

  • to make a historical retrospective of national resistance movements against the communist regime in the period 1953-1989 (Goryani Movement BG, Berlinian Uprising (1953) Hungarian Revolution (1956), Prague spring (1968), “Cursed soldiers” PL, “Forest Brothers” LV, LT, EE, the Movement in Yugoslavia, Arnăuțoiu in RO) and attempts for their rationalization;
  • to analyze the political processes in the period 1953-1989 and their impact on the political and ideological map of modern Europe;
  • importance of the Helsinki Agreement;
  • to initiate debate in European society, leading to further evaluation of Communism, and changes in educational approach to the study of communism in schools and universities.

Activities

  • partnership meeting;
  • collection and analysis of materials related to resistance movements against the communist regime in each partner country – archives of the secret services, stories of victims, video and television materials; shaping the story and content of the film;
  • creation of a documentary film “Forgotten resistance” with materials from all partner countries;
  • Implementation of national debates, workshops, roundtables and distribution of materials and the documentary film;
  • conducting an international conference “History of the Communist resistance movements in Europe“.

Duration of the project: 18 months (1st September, 2016 – 28 February, 2018)

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