2014 Session 2A: truth-seeking in Eastern Europe: what do the archives have to say?

Dealing with the Past while looking to the Future

International conference, part of the presidential initiative 25 years free Bulgaria

11 and 12 November 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

This session explored the impact of opening the archives for uncovering the truth about past regimes and forming a consensual societal position on their legacy that is well-grounded in facts and documents. What is the best way to open the archives? What do they have to say? Is opening the archives a pre-condition for subsequent social reconciliation? How can information from the archives help a society in transition evolve and overcome its past? What is the hidden detriment of not opening the archives in an adequate manner?

Evtim Kostadinov, Chairman of the Committee for Disclosure of Documents and the Announcement of Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens to the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian National Army (Bulgaria)

Joachim Foerster, Head of the Department of Information, and Deputy Director at the Federal Commission for the Records of the State Security Service of the Former German Democratic Republic(Germany)

Mária Palasik, Head of Department of Research at the Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security (Hungary)

Milan Barta, Acting Director, Section for Research on Totalitarian Regimes at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Czech Republic)

Paweł Ukielski, Deputy Director at the Institute of National Remembrance (Poland)


Moderator: Momchil Metodiev, Editor in Chief of the Christianity and Culture Journal, Historian and Writer (Bulgaria)