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Scientific Conference

THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF

TOTALITARIAN-COMMUNIST REGIME:

 History, Impact, Responsibility

 25 November 2016,

National Museum of History of Moldova

The scientific event is conducted within the State Program „Recovery and historical exploration of memory of the victims of totalitarian communist regime in Moldavian SSR during the years 1940-1941, 1944-1953” and reflects the results of scientific work of the research groups involved in projects from the Moldova State University, National Museum of History of Moldova, the State University „B. P. Hasdeu” from Cahul, the State University „Al. Russo” from Bălți. Researchers involved in the State program are invited to present the results and conclusions of scientific research carried out during the first two years of Program activity.

The conference is organized within two Sessions and Conclusions. The event will include the public presentation of volumes „Memory Archives”, published in the frame of State Program „Recovery and historical exploration of memory of the victims of totalitarian communist regime in Moldavian SSR during the years 1940-1941, 1944-1953”. The conference papers will be published in a collection of studies.

 

The Institute of Social History “ProMemoria”

Press release

 On the eve of Victory Day and Commemoration of the Heroes Fallen for the Independence of the Motherland, the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria” makes a call to the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, its political parties and civil society.

 Thus:

  •  Respecting with piety the memory of all the victims of the Second World War, and expressing our profound gratitude to all those who contributed to the victory against Nazism;
  •  Being aware of the consequences of the Second World War, especially for Eastern Europe, where the end of the war also meant exchanging a Nazi totalitarian regime for Communist totalitarianism;
  •  Underlining the importance of preserving historical memory and understanding it as part of European history;
  •  Acknowledging the importance of recognizing the symbolic value of apolitical commemorations in the process of the reconciliation of the society.

 We observe and wish to draw attention to:

  •  The fracturing of society and the deepening of tensions between competing memories, due to the promotion by previous governments of memory policies that derive from Cold War ideologies;
  •  The necessity to overcome political practices that retrieve from the past ideas of triumphalism, grandeur and Soviet militarism, and that, in certain cases, nourish nostalgia for the empire and re-establish clichés and myths of totalitarian ideology;
  •  The negative effects of activities that promote symbols which are foreign to our national history and culture, and which might provoke tense discourses and hostile attitudes. The history of the Second World War does not only contain symbols and episodes of glory and victory, but also moments of uncertainty, pain, ambiguity and missed historical opportunities. Only by taking all these aspects into account can we cultivate a respectful attitude and openness towards other versions of history.
  •  The need to bring back to the public space of the Republic of Moldova ideas of reconciliation by sharing lived experiences and promoting dialogue between representatives of various memory communities. In this case, a sincere exchange of opinions, in which all memory communities should participate and, most importantly, listen to each other with mutual respect, might facilitate the construction of a historical memory that is characteristic of the European space.

                May 5, 2011

28.10.2011

International Scientific Conference

TERROR AND RESISTANCE: HISTORY AND MEMORY OF STALINISM

IN EASTERN EUROPE

Friday, 28 October 2011, the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria” in cooperation with the Chisinau City Hall organized the International Scientific Conference "Terror and Resistance: History and Memory of Stalinism in Eastern Europe".

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21.10.2011

Friday, 21 October 2011, the Institute of Social History "ProMemoria", MSU in cooperation with the State Pedagogical University "Ion Creanga" and the National Association of Young Historians held

The Inter-University Round-Table

200 YEARS OF THE ANNEXATION OF BESSARABIA BY THE TSARIST EMPIRE: CONSEQUENCES OF TERRITORIAL RAPT FOR THE BESSARABIAN ROMANIANS

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09.09.2011

Friday, 9 September 2011, the Institute of Social History "ProMemoria" organised the public lecture "Византийское наследие": Существует ли связь между историческим геокультурным выбором и современным цивилизационным статусом? (”Byzantine Heritage": Is there a Relationship between the Historical Geo-Cultural Option and  Contemporary Civilizational Status?) by dr. Aleh Dziarnovich, researcher at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

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08.07.2011

Friday, 8 July 2011, for essential contributions in elucidating the phenomenon of communism and anti-human policies promoted by the communist totalitarian regimes, the Professor Stéphane Courtois (France) was offered the honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa by the Senate of Free International University of Moldova.

Professor Stéphane Courtois is one of the most valuable researchers in studying the history of communism and its manifestations. He is the author of hundreds of studies devoted to this issue and one of the main protagonists of The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, translated into 25 languages ​​of the world in a circulation of more than one million copies. Courtois is a research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, as well as a Professor at the Catholic Institute of Higher Studies. He is editor of the journal Communisme, founded in 1982.

The ceremony was followed by a Press Conference organized by the International University of Moldova and the Institute of Social History "ProMemoria".

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07. 06. 2011

The International Session of Communications

FAMILY HISTORY IN DOCUMENTS, OLD BOOKS, AND LITHOGRAPHS


Tuesday, June 7 2011, the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria” in cooperation with the National Library of Moldova and the Group of Historical Anthropology of the Institute of History, State and Law of the ASM organised the International Session on “Family History in Documents, Old Books, and Lithographs”.

The purpose of the International Session was to bring to the attention of researchers and public opinion an insufficiently studied problem in the Republic of Moldova - the family history in the context of new historiographical trends and new research directions, especially from the approach of historical anthropology.

During the International Session was organised the launch of two books:

1) Igor CERETEU, Cartea românească veche şi modernă în fonduri din Chişinău. Catalog, Iaşi, Editura Tipo Moldova, 2011

2) Anatol PETRENCU, Istoria contemporană: Studii, materiale, atitudini, Chişinău,
Editura Cartdidact, 2011.

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11.06.2011

 The Scientific Conference

 THE MASS DEPORTATIONS FROM THE MOLDAVIAN SSR, 13-16 JUNE 1941

 Saturday, June 11 2011, the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria” in cooperation with the National Library of Moldova organized the Scientific Conference “The Mass Deportations from the Moldavian SSR, 13-16 June 1941”.

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21.05.2011

Roundtable

MEMORY OF THE DNIESTER CONFLICT:

FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION THROUGH CHRISTIAN FAITH

Saturday, May 21 2011, the Institute of Social History "ProMemoria" in cooperation with the Association of War Veterans from the Republic of Moldova (1992), and the Monastery „Noul Neamț” from the village of Chițcani organized the Roundtable “Memory of the Dniester Conflict: Forgiveness and Reconciliation through Christian Faith”.

This meeting aims to bring into the public attention from the Republic of Moldovan the idea of ​​reconciliation of the Moldovan society through the Christian faith and forgiveness. In order to offer an appropriate framework for the discussions between representatives of academic, university and civil society milieus from both sides of the River Dniester, the organizers planned to develop this Roundtable at the Monastery „Noul Neamț” from the village of Chițcani - a monastic centre of high religious and historical culture.

Asserting the existence of only one historical truth, we accept the existence of consensual views or even divergent opinions regarding this historical truth. The mutual exchange of views in spirit of understanding and openness toward reconciliation on behalf of both parts involved in the Dniester conflict can contribute to their appropriation and thus to restore the confidence of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova in the reintegration of the country. The Christian faith and forgiveness can be the key elements toward the reconciliation with the traumatic past of the Dniester conflict.

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 05.05.2011

The Institute of Social History “ProMemoria”

Press release

 On the eve of Victory Day and Commemoration of the Heroes Fallen for the Independence of the Motherland, the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria” makes a call to the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, its political parties and civil society.

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08.04.2011

Friday, April 8 2011, the Institute of Social History "ProMemoria" in cooperation with the National Library of the Republic of Moldova has organized the Roundtable “Unification of Bessarabia with Romania in the Light of New Documents and Studies”.

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23.03.2011

DocVarta1.jpgIon Varta (ed), Deportările în masă din RSS Moldovenească din 5-9 iulie 1949. Operaţiunea "Sud". Studiu. Documente. vol 1. Ed. Litera, Chișinău, 2011. 918 p.

The volume is edited by dr. Ion Varta and recommended for publication by the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria” (the official opponents: prof. Anatol Petrencu and dr. Ludmila Cojocari). The edited volume contains the Introduction (54 pages, authored by dr. Ion Varta) and the Section Documents (864 pages) that includes inedited documents (over 90% of them) reflecting multiple aspects, largely unknown to the researchers, about the elaboration and development of operation of deportation referring to different categories of the population of the Moldavian SSR, implementation of deportations on 5-9 July 1949, manifestations of individual and collective resistance by persons condemned to be deported.

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