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  • 2015. September 14.
 Réka Földváryné Kiss

Welcome to the website of the Committee of National Remembrance!

The Committee of National Remembrance was established by the Parliament of Hungary, based on the Paragraph U), Section (3) of the Hungarian Constitution, by passing the Act on the Committee of National Remembrance (2013. CCXLI). The Committee's role under the law is to preserve memory of the communist dictatorship, exploring the operation of power in the communist dictatorship, and to cooperate with the prosecutors in the detection of the circle of perpetrators of imprescriptible crimes, committed during the communist dictatorship.

The chairperson, Réka Földváryné Kiss and two further members, István Ötvös and Viktor Attila Soós were elected by the Parliament by secret votes, on the 3rd of February 2014. One member, Barbara Bank was delegated by the Chairperson of the Academy of Science, and one member, Áron Máthe holds the office on the basis of appointment by the Minister of Justice. The Committee performs its work independently, irrespectively of any other organizations.

Over the last two and half decades historians, lawyers and politicians undertaking to explore the party-state's past have made significiant efforts - often amid sharp professional and public debate - for the exploration and examination of the functioning of the historical heritage of the Rákosi and Kádár era. However beside the results, several basic questions of the power exerting mechanisms and of the changing relations of domination have still remained unclear.

The members of the Committee, as well as the historical and legal researchers contributing to their work are lead by double purposes: we are committed to contribute to the tribute to the memory of the victims of the communist dictatorship, to preserve their memories in dignity; to explore the losses the Hungarian society has suffered, and to demonstrate both the individual and collective traumas having effect through generations.

By the systematic mapping of the institution's history and leadership apparatus of the most important party-, state- and social organs, we are looking for an answer for the question: how the formalized and the hidden mechanisms of the party-state dictatorship were operating in the daily practice; in other words how and by whom the rule of the communist party was validated on the different levels of decision-makers and executers, from the beginning of the soviet occupation to the fall of the dictatorship.

We are confident that the activity of the Committee of National Remembrance and the Office of the Committee - facilitating the Committee's work - will serve as a help for the deeper recognition and understanding of our common past.

Réka Földváryné Kiss Committee of National Remembrance chair person