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Tbilisi Massacre

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   April 9 marks in Georgia tragedy also referred to as Tbilisi Massacre, Tbilisi tragedy. Many Georgians gathered in Tbilisi on April 9th, 1989 during an anti-Soviet demonstration, as the culmination of weeks of demonstrations, protesting against separatism in the Georgian Black Sea region of Abkhazia and in support of Georgian independence, secession from the […]

Mass grave from the Stalin era found in Ukraine

The remains of between 5,000 and 8,000 victims of communist terror were found in 29 graves in the southern city of Odessa in Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are believed to have died during Joseph Stalin’s rule of the Soviet Union. Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58340805?fbclid=IwAR2wes53zd3pwxBrOBzZvSE_Qt0vio6ifnB0FuKA7Lm8W0Xrl4cvLiAjR5A  

Soviet invasion of Poland: start of totalitarian occupation

Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska   On September 17 about 1 million troops of the Red Army crossed the eastern borders of Poland starting the red invasion of Poland. It was sixteen days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland from the west. The invasion ended on 6 October 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire Second […]

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Charles de Gaulle and his role in Polish history

  Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   photo: ©City of Warsaw When visiting one of the most prominent locations of the capital of Poland, Warsaw, called Nowy Swiat you cannot miss the roundabout with a palm tree. It is called General Charles de Gaulle roundabout and nearby there is his statue. Why is the presence of  General Charles […]

EIOCO partner of Cursed Soldiers celebrations in Dutch Brunssum

On March 1 the National Day of Remembrance of Cursed Soldiers is celebrated in Poland. European Institute on Communist Oppressions supported the school activities at  the Sosabowski Polish School in Dutch Brunssum about the Cursed Soldiers as our target is sharing the knowledge about the crimes of communism.  Pupils, parents and teachers gathered to honour […]

An opinion article by our board member Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska for the Dutch newspaper Trouw

On Saturday, March 2 the Dutch newspaper published an opinion article of 2 pages  by Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska, our board member entitled Putin is the only one who can break all the rules, he rules like Stalin. In her article she discusses the similarities between Russia now at the Soviet times, the death of Navalny, war […]

Polish Round Table talks-paving the way to the fall of communism

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   The Polish Round Table Talks started on February 6 in the Namiestnikowski Palace in Warsaw and lasted till April 5 1989. The government initiated the discussion with the leaders of opposition in order to weaken social unrest. 29 representatives of the government, 26 representatives of the opposition, including members of banned “Solidarność” […]

Witnessing communism in Grūtas park

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska Grutas park in Lithuania is a unique place which cannot be missed if you are interested in history and especially in communism and communist propaganda. It is an impressive 2km long exposition park where about 90 monumental sculptures of communist leaders, dictators from the Soviet times are displayed. While walking you cannot miss the […]

Lenin as the founder of repressive and murderous communism

Patrick van Schie A century ago, on January 21, 1924, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, died. His embalmed body still lies in the mausoleum on Red Square in Moscow. Communists still revere him; and not just the elderly. The British Marxist Student Federation (MSF), for example, states on its site: “Lenin was without […]

Lithuanian hero crashed by a Soviet tank

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   “Doctor, will I live?” These were the last words of Loreta Asanavičiūtė, a 23 year old Lithuanian freedom defender, who was run over by a Soviet tank on January 13 1991. On this day armoured Soviet forces drove through peaceful crowd which gathered to protect the symbol of Lithuania’s independence – […]

January 13: Commemoration of the victims of the Soviet military aggression in Lithuania

  By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska On the 13th of January, Freedom Defenders’Day is celebrated in Lithuania to commemorate victims of the Soviet military aggression of 1991. The candle, as symbol of the memory, is lit on this day across Lithuania and by the Lithuanian communities abroad. On 13 January 1991 armored Soviet forces drove through peaceful […]

November 11, Polish Independence day in communist Poland

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   On November 11, 1918, Józef Piłsudski (Poland’s Chief of State) took over the authority over the Polish army from the Regency Council (in Polish: Rada Regencyjna or Rada Regencyjna Królestwa Polskiego. It was a semi-independent and temporarily appointed highest authority, head of state, in partitioned Poland during World War I). He […]

Witold Pilecki and the first ever comprehensive report on Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz atrocities

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska On September 19, 1940 Witold Pilecki, a member of the Secret Polish Army, let himself get caught and arrested by German policemen in Warsaw in order to be sent to Auschwitz death camp. His intention was to infiltrate the camp, set up a resistance network there and gather information about the death […]

Soviet invasion of Poland

By Beata Bruggean-Sekowska   On September 17 about 1 million troops of the Red Army crossed the eastern borders of Poland starting the red invasion of Poland. It was sixteen days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland from the west. The invasion ended on 6 October 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire […]

AMERIKATSI, Armenian submission for Oscars about Soviet harsh reality

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska   ”AMERIKATSI” (meaning “American” in Armenian) has been selected by Armenia as its submission for the Best International Feature Film category for the 2024 Academy Awards. The film tells a story of Charlie who escapes the Armenian genocide as a boy by fleeing to the United States. He returns in 1947 and […]