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Ryszard Siwiec: first self-immolation against communist oppression

By Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska On September 8, 1968, Ryszard Siwiec committed suicide by public self-immolation in protest against the Warsaw Pact invasion of […]

Elektrėnai Soviet purpose built town in Lithuania

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska     Born and spending my childhood and teenage years in occupied by totalitarian communist system Poland […]

June 17, 1953: workers against the so-called “workers’ state” GDR

The first major popular uprising against communist oppression in Central/Eastern Europe by Patrick van Schie Between 1954 and 1990, June […]

Launch of the 2nd part of ‘’Siberian Exiles’’

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   On May 13th at the Nederlands Fotomuseum a launch of the ‘’Siberian Exiles’’ part 2 by […]

The ‘Heritage from the Cold War’ map is now online and available for everyone to view

The Menno van Coehoorn Foundation has started an inventory of Cold War heritage in the Netherlands. The aim of this […]

A Polish woman as a prisoner in communist Russia

Book review: Barbara Skarga, ‘’After the liberation. Notes on the Gulag’’, 1944-1956 (Amsterdam, 2022) ISBN 9789403107226; 432 pp., €34.99 by […]

The main economic production under communism: military equipment and human misery

Book report: Jasper Becker, Why communism failed (London, 2022) ISBN 9781787388062; price € 28.99   By Patrick van Schie   […]

Suffering in the Soviet Union around the death of Stalin

Patrick van Schie   After having ruled the Soviet Union for more than a quarter of a century, Josef Stalin […]

The communist coup in Prague, February 1948

This month it is exactly 75 years ago that the communists finally seized power in Czechoslovakia (at the time, the current Czech Republic and Slovakia formed one country). In all the countries that would disappear behind the Iron Curtain after the Second World War, a similar process took place of the elimination of pro-democratic forces and the establishment of the dictatorship of the communist party. In Czechoslovakia, however, this took longer, which is why many people – both among the democratically minded Czechoslovaks and in the West – harbored the illusion for the longest time that the country would be spared an ‘equalisation’.

Baltic film weekend in the Netherlands

Ambassadors of Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Neilas Tankevičius, Latvia H.E. Ms. Aiga Liepiņa and Estonia H.E. Mr. Lauri Kuusing invite to the 3rd […]

Why should we remember August 23, 1939

Roger MOORHOUSE British historian and Germanist specialising in the history of modern Central Europe, with particular emphasis on Nazi Germany, […]

Communism in Albania through children’s eyes

Review of Lea Ypi, Free. Coming of Age at the End of History, 978-0241481851, 313 pages.   Patrick van Schie […]