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Lithuanian Parliament Seimas condemned attempts by the Russian Federation to rewrite history

  The Seimas strictly condemned the moves by the State Duma of the Russian Federation towards rewriting history and challenging the foundations of modern civilisation and international law.   ‘On 11 June 2020, the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation requested other committees to submit proposals for a draft […]

Guest of H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland Mr Marcin Czepelak, Phd

On December 6 we were guest of H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Hague, Mr Marcin Czepelak, Phd. During the meeting we presented the vision of our Institute and the scope of our activities and actions. We discussed together the possibilities of further cooperation. By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska

The 30th anniversary of the defence of the restored independence of Lithuania

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   On the 13th of January victims of the Soviet military aggression of 1991 are commemorated. The candle, as symbol of the memory, today is lit across Lithuania and by the Lithuanian communities abroad. On 13 January 1991 armoured Soviet forces drove through peaceful crowd which gathered to protect the symbol of Lithuania’s […]

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Statement of the Mayor of Poznań on 65th anniversary of Poznań uprising

Mr Jacek Jaśkowiak, mayor of Poznań prepared an exclusive statement for EIOCO on the 65th anniversary of Poznań uprising.   By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska       Statement of the Mayor of Poznań Mr Jacek Jaśkowiak   On June 28, 1956, the road to freedom began in Poznań. Workers from Poznań factories took to the streets […]

Poznań protests of 1956

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   65 years ago on the 28 June of 1956, at 6 a.m. Poznań ( city in the western part of Poland) riots started at  the multifactory complex of Joseph’s Stalin’s (or ‘Cegielski’s) Metal Industries. Approximately 100,000 people gathered in the city centre near the local Ministry of Public Security building demanding better […]

Milada Horáková murdered by communists

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   Milada Horáková was a lawyer, politician who was convicted on fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason and murdered by communists in the communist Czechoslovakia on June 27 1950 by hanging at the age of 48. She died after being strangled for more than 13 minutes. Her remains were never found. Many […]

Lithuania Remembers

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska On June 14 Lithuania marks the Day of Mourning and Hope, and the Day of Occupation and Genocide. On June 14, 1941 at 3 o’clock in the morning the Soviet authorities started mass deportations and arrests. This was the first wave of Soviet mass deportations in Lithuania During 1941 and 1953 some […]

Day of Freedom: Poland

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   During the parliamentary elections on the 4th of June 1989 Polish people voted on the Citizens’Committee, an opposition group around Lech Wałęsa, which led to the end of communism in Poland. This in turn led to the wave of changes across Central and Eastern Europe. These were the first elections in Poland […]

An early sketch of the communist sanctuary

In 1891, Eugen Richter predicted what the GDR would look like more than half a century later   Patrick van Schie   Karl Marx and his followers dissected “capitalist” society (in their own way) and predicted the revolution, but Marx and his followers remained vague about what post-revolution “socialist” society would look like. One of […]

Meeting with the Embassy of Georgia in the Hague

On April 19 EIOCO had an online meeting with the Embassy of Georgia in the Hague. Ms Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska discussed with Mr. Erekle Koplatadze – Communications Officer of the Embassy future joint projects on various niveaus in order to promote the knowledge about communism in the Netherlands.        

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska interviewed about EIOCO by Polish news

On March 18 Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska, president of EIOCO,  was interviewed by Polish news broadcasting internationally. She elaborated on the vision, purpose and the activities of our Institute. She explained that the knowledge about communism is often not correct in western Europe and that various stereotypes are perpetuated which shed the wrong light on this issue. […]

The Iron Curtain, Churchill’s speech 75 years ago

    By Patrick van Schie   On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill gave a speech  in Fulton, a city in Missouri, USA. The British war leader, Prime Minister until more than six months earlier, received an honorary doctorate from Westminster College in Fulton. He began his speech in a Churchillian way by saying that […]

Real life in the Soviet Union under Stalin

Disclosures by an Experience Expert in 1946-47: Victor Kravchenko’s I Chose Freedom   By Patrick van Schie   In April 1944, a senior official from the Soviet Union’s “trade delegation” defected to the United States. Victor Kravchenko, an engineer, was tasked with Lend Lease deliveries during World War II to the Soviet Union – that […]