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The 2020 Council of Europe Museum Prize for the Albanian National Museum of Secret Surveillance House of Leaves

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   The Albanian National Museum of Secret Surveillance ‘’House of Leaves’’ located in Tirana is the winner of the 2020 Council of Europe Museum Prize. The museum from Tirana was chosen by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on December 6 2019 in Paris. The National […]

Remember August 23, 1939: “Black Ribbon Day”

Eighty years after the strike of the totalitarian powers Patrick van Schie   You could already smell war in the air in the summer of 1939; unlike in 1914 when after the murder of Austrian crown prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife it was thought for weeks that it would not go so fast. Hitler’s […]

The International Day of Heroes of the Fight Against Totalitarianism

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   The European Parliament adopted in connection with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII on September 20 a resolution to establish on May 25 –  the same date as the anniversary of the execution of the Auschwitz hero, Rotamaster Witold Pilecki, The International Day of Heroes of the Fight Against Totalitarianism. […]

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The 2020 Council of Europe Museum Prize for the Albanian National Museum of Secret Surveillance House of Leaves

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   The Albanian National Museum of Secret Surveillance ‘’House of Leaves’’ located in Tirana is the winner of the 2020 Council of Europe Museum Prize. The museum from Tirana was chosen by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on December 6 2019 in Paris. The National […]

A human life had no value under the Soviet-regime

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   Interview with Claudia Heinermann, a prize-winning author of Wolfskinder and an author of a new Trilogy: ‘Siberian Exiles’. Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska: You are the author of the prize-winning book Wolfskinder A Post-War Story. And since 2016 you have been working  on a very special project devoted to the oppression of communism, abuse of […]

The International Day of Heroes of the Fight Against Totalitarianism

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   The European Parliament adopted in connection with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII on September 20 a resolution to establish on May 25 –  the same date as the anniversary of the execution of the Auschwitz hero, Rotamaster Witold Pilecki, The International Day of Heroes of the Fight Against Totalitarianism. […]

Remember August 23, 1939: “Black Ribbon Day”

Eighty years after the strike of the totalitarian powers Patrick van Schie   You could already smell war in the air in the summer of 1939; unlike in 1914 when after the murder of Austrian crown prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife it was thought for weeks that it would not go so fast. Hitler’s […]

Guest of H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania Mr. Vidmantas Purlys

On December 6 we were guest of H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Vidmantas Purlys. During our meeting we discussed such subjects as history justice issues, totalitarian systems, communism and Lithuanian resistance against Soviet occupation. We reflected also on the opportunities of introducing these subjects to a […]

Guest of H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

We were guest of H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ms Andrea Gustović-Ercegovac. We had a very interesting talk about our CEE region and the Netherlands, the past, totalitarianism and our common, free Europe.We discussed the possibilities of further cooperation between EIOCO and the Embassy […]