European Remembrance - Symposium of European Institutions dealing with 20th Century History

2016 Budapest

Conference venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Széchenyi István sqr. 9, 1051 Budapest


Day 1

Tuesday, 24.05.2016



Welcome note

  • Rafał Rogulski, Director of the Institute of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

Letter from the President of the Republic of Hungary Dr János Áder

Letter from the President of the Republic of Poland Dr Andrzej Duda

Welcome speeches

  • Professor László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary
  • Dr hab. Magdalena Gawin, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
  • László Regéczy-Nagy, former participant of the 1956 revolution, sentenced to prison, now chair of the Committee for Historical Justice


Opening lectures:
1956. Context, Impact, Remembrance

  • Dr Łukasz Kamiński, President of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance
  • Dr Réka Földváryné Kiss, President of the Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance, ENRS Steering Committee
  • Moderator: Professor Matthias Weber, Director of the Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, ENRS Steering Committee


Coffee break


Panel 1:
Stalinism and de-Stalinization in Eastern Europe: The Road to 1956

  • Professor Mark Kramer (keynote speaker), Cold War Studies and Davis Center at Harvard University
  • Professor Sándor M. Kiss, Research Institute and Archives for the History of the Hungarian Regime Change
  • Dr Łukasz Kaminski, Polish Institute of National Remembrance
  • Dr Alexander Stykalin, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Moderator: Professor Arnold Suppan, Austrian Academy of Sciences





Day 2

Wednesday, 25.05.2016



Introductory lectures

  • Professor Miklós Horváth, House of Terror, Péter Pázmány Catholic University
  • Professor Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, Member of the European Parliament, ENRS Advisory Board
  • Markus Meckel, German War Graves Commission, ENRS Advisory Board
  • Host: Gergely Prőhle, Ministry of Human Capacities


Panel 2:
1956 as a Turning-Point of History? Analysis of 1956 in terms of impact on Central Europe, the West, and the East’s policies

  • Professor László Borhi (keynote speaker), Indiana University; Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, HAS
  • Professor Erwin A. Schmidl, Innsbruck University
  • Dr A. Ross Johnson, Wilson Center
  • Professor Peter Haslinger, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and Justus-Liebig-Univerity Giessen, ENRS Academic Council
  • Dr Stefano Bottoni, Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, HAS
  • Moderator: Gergely Prőhle, Ministry of Human Capacities


Coffee break


Panel 3:
Consequences of 1956: Reprisal, Emigration, Societies under Repression’ dealing mainly with the longer-term impacts of the 1956 events

  • Professor János M. Rainer (keynote speaker), National Széchényi Library 1956 Institute Dept., Eszterházy Károly College (Eger)
  • Dr Oldřich Tůma, Institute of Contemporary History at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, ENRS Academic Council
  • Dr Cosmin Florin Budeanca, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile
  • Professor Jan Rydel, Pedagogical University, Kraków, ENRS Steering Committee
  • Moderator: Professor Frank Hadler, GWZO at Leipzig University




Parallel Workshops - 1st session

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  • 1. Religion and religious policy in the period of the Cold War and détente
    ORGANISER: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History
  • 2. Can we write the history of 1956 from a ‘“bottom up’” perspective on the basis of Regime Archives?
    ORGANISERS: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Charles University in Prague
  • 3. Commemorative events at school – developing inquiry-based, thought-provoking, student-oriented event scenarios
    ORGANISER: University of Wrocław, Institute of History


Parallel Workshops - 2nd session

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  • 1. Historical Sources of Totalitarian Regimes
    ORGANISER: Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance
  • 2. Giving the Victims a name – Register of Resistance Fighters and Persecuted Persons in Communist Europe
    ORGANISER: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen
  • 3. Centre for Information on the Victims of World War II. Modern tools of archival research for humanitarian purposes
    ORGANISER: The Institute of National Remembrance in Poland


Visit to memorial sites

  • House of Terror and State Security Archives;
  • Rákoskeresztúr Cemetery Memorial Plot 301 and “Kisfogház”


Reception at the Ministry of Agriculture

Day 3

Thursday, 26.05.2016



Panel 4:
Contemporary Meaning and Legacies of 1956 reflected in Art and Culture

  • Professor Piotr Juszkiewicz (keynote speaker), Adam Mickiewicz University
  • Professor Csaba Gy. Kiss, University of Warsaw, ENRS Academic Council
  • Professor László Csorba, Hungarian National Museum
  • Moderator: Dr György Schöpflin, Member of European Parliament


Coffee break


Closing lecture

  • Professor Norman Stone, Centre for Russian Studies at Bilkent University
  • Professor Andrzej Nowak, Jagiellonian University, ENRS Academic Council
  • Moderator: Professor Pál Fodor, Director General of Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences