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The International Conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Communism and Nazism in Tallinn

Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA)


On 2 April 2009 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on European conscience and totalitarianism, calling for the proclamation of 23 August as the Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.


Since then the international commemoration of victims of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes has taken place in different European capitals. On 23 August 2017 the commemoration events of the Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes takes place in Tallinn.

Traditionally, a meeting of ministers for justice or representatives of the ministries of justice is held in the morning, followed by the commemoration ceremony at the War of Independence Victory Column in Freedom Square. In the afternoon, a conference is held with a keynote speech by Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience Tunne Kelam, followed by a podium discussion. The panelists include Tunne Kelam, Anna Kaminsky (Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Germany), Andres Kasekamp (University of Toronto, Canada), Igor Caşu (State University of Moldova) and Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity). The discussions are moderated by Olaf Mertelsmann (University of Tartu, Estonia). In the evening, the exhibition 'Communism in its Time', curated by Gerd Koenen, Germany, will be opened at the Maritime Museum Gunpowder Magazine, followed by a dinner for the participants. The conference and commemoration events are organised by the Estonian Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory.


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia



Eli Pilve

Estonian Institute of Historical Memory / Project manager

+372 56229686 eli.pilve@mnemosyne.ee

Toomas Hiio

Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

+372 5510572 toomas.hiio@mnemosyne.ee

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