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Dealing with the Past


The panel discussion "Dealing with the Past" was a part of the 17th Forum 2000 Conference and invited experts from Hungary, Poland, Germany and Slovakia. See the whole discussion on VIDEO!

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Mutual Inspirations Festival Launch


On September 5, at 6 pm, the Embassy of the Czech Republic presented Václav Havel's Evening. The very special kick off to the festival explored the many nuances of Havel's personality. The program featured the presentation of our new project "Prison Experience of Václav Havel in Memories and Documents. Check the VIDEO!

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Victims of Stalinism in Bulgaria and FYROM


Member of Political Michal Louč participated in two public debates devoted to the victims of Stalinism in Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Both events took place between 9 and 10 May 2013.

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The Traces of Totality Project Seminar in Jáchymov


Members of the Civic Association Političtí vě joined their forces again with colleagues from the Civic Association Zapomenutí to prepare the second multiple-day Traces of Totality project seminar in Jáchymov.

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Political as a Partner Organisation of the European Project


NGO Politicti is a partner organization of the European project: "The BG and FYROM victims of Stalinism - today victims of forgetfulness and ignorance" since December 2012.

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Političtí vě - Political

Welcome to the updated website of Political

This site was originally created in the fall 2008 with the following objectives:

  • attract the attention of youth and general public by publishing life stories of former prisoners of Stalinism
  • offer the stories in written as well as video and audio formats (short sequences)

The published content was enriched, edited and updated by volunteers of the Czech civic organisation Political in July 2011. Thanks to their efforts we have proofread all our English interviews and made them more comprehensive. At least we tried. Though we are mostly Czech researchers we are constantly working on delivering more content in English.

This website became part of a trans-disciplinary, non-governmental and non-profit oral history project which aimed at commemoration of former political prisoners who survived jailing in Stalinist prisons and working camps in the former Czechoslovakia and other European countries. In 2009 - 2012 we developed new initiatives, events and networks targeted at a more profound research interest in the field of oral histories of politically oppressed around the globe.


Commemoration of victims of Stalinism, in our opinion, was of an utmost importance not only when the whole world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of Iron Curtain. Former political prisoners were and still are the living witnesses of past. They certainly should not be heard only on anniversaries. We do not have many chances left to listen, research, and learn from their stories. However, we are the witnesses of the future and thus potential carriers of their important memories.  We wish to  contribute to the exchange and popularisation of their memories. That is why you can find here transcriptions of oral history interviews and narratives and short multimedia.Yet all he ideas expressed in the narratives are the narrators’ own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewers or of the Political

We would like to invite everyone interested in supporting this project to contact us via email:

Thank you in advance for your interest and help!

The Team of volunteer research initiative Political


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