Warsaw, 7-8 December 2015
The Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance, the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Pécs-Baranya Ethnic Circle of Germans in Hungary organise an international conference GULAG–GUPVI. THE SOVIET CAPTIVITY IN EUROPE which will take place on 25 November 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Ceremonial Hall, Széchenyi István square 9.
Exhibition “Reconciliation in progress… Catholic church and the German-Polish relations after 1945” will be simultaneously presented from 18 November in Wrocław and Berlin, exactly 50 years after the famous pastoral letter was sent by Polish bishops of the Roman Catholic Church to their German counterparts (“We forgive and ask for forgiveness”).
On 17 November 1989 the intervention of security forces against the rally’s participants marked the start of the “Velvet Revolution”. The event took place on the 50th anniversary of the closing of Czech universities by the Nazi Germans. It was held under the auspices of the Socialist Union of Youth, an official youth organization. The Prague rally also involved students from the independent movement, Stuha (Ribbon).
50 years later, Polish and German bishops signed up a declaration about the further cooperation basing on the experience of reconciliation during an episcopal conference in Częstochowa on 22 November 2015. They discussed the challenges of the Polish-German reconciliation as well as the current European issues including the refugee crisis and the rise of nationalism.