AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies

The Memory of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in Slovakia

by Anne Zachariassen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Transitional justice; SLovakia
Record ID: 1119285
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/16119


After 41 years of totalitarian rule under the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, the first free election was held in 1990. However, 13 years had to pass before Slovakia began an institutionalised transitional justice. Today the Institute for National Memory and the memorial Gate of Freedom are the only official elements of a transitional justice in the capital, Bratislava. This project analyses with theory of memory politics and specific focus on usages of history, how the memory of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic is visualised in Bratislava and furthermore, the impact it has on the vergangenheitsbewältigung – to come to terms with the past.