___Persecution of Churches in the Communist Countries in Central and Eastern Europe___Vissza

International Conference
Bratislava, September 30 - October 2,  2009


Wednesday, September 30, 2009
13. 00 - 13.30 Registration
13. 30 - 14.00 Conference opening

1. State Security Organs in Relation with Churches

14.00 - 15.30 Róbert Letz (Slovakia): Slovak Catholic Bishops´ Internation in Czech Part of Czechoslovakia
Kostadin Grozev (Bulgaria): Bulgarian State Security and the Fate of Bulgarian Protestant Priests at the End of the 1940s
Valeri Katzounov (Bulgaria): Bulgarian State and its Secret Services and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (1944 - 1989)
Svitlana Hurkina (Ukraine): The Role of the Soviet State Security Organs in the Liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Galicia and their Involvement in Interfering with the First Attempts of Organization of the Catacomb Church 1945 - 1950
Nataliya Senkivska (Ukraine): Citizens of Gulag: Clergy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church against  the Soviet Totalitarian Regime
Jiří Plachý (Czech Republic): First Years in Litoměřice Exile: St Cyril and St Methodius Faculty of Theology from State Security Point of View in the Middle of 50s of 20th Century

15.30 - 16.00 Discussion
16.00 - 16.20 Coffee break

2. Totalitarian Regime and its Relation to Congregations and Religious Groups

16.20 - 17.50
Agata Mirek (Poland): Nuns in the Labour Camps in Poland between 1954 - 1956
 Renato Podbersič (Slovenia): Totalitarian Regime and its Relation to Congregations and Religious Groups in Slovenia
Volodymyr Martselyuk (Italy): Basilian Order in Galicia: the Way of Witnesses and Repressions (1944 - 1964)
Vojtěch Vlček (Czech Republic): Persecution of Orders in Czech Lands between 1948 - 1989
Daniel Atanáz Mandzák (Slovakia): Liquidation of the Greek Catholic Redemptorist Vice Province in Michalovce
Gábor Bánkuti (Hungary): Political Trials against Jesuits in Hungary 1948 - 1965

3. Legislation Regulating Relations between Churches and State

17.50 - 18.35
Ryszard Gryz (Poland): Construction of Sacred Buildings and its Law Regulations in Communist Poland
Martin Šabo (Slovakia): State and the Churches in Czechoslovakia before and after Implementation of Act No. 218/1949 Coll. on Economic Security of the Churches and Church Denominations
Jozef Horňáček (Slovakia): Legal Aspects of Dissolving of the Greek Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia

18.35 - 19.05 Discussion


Thursday, October 1, 2009
8.30 - 9.00  Participants presence 

4. Means and Methods of Anticlerical Policy of Communist States

9.00 - 10.00
Burkhard Olschowsky (Germany): The Relations between Churches and the State Apparatus in Poland and East Germany during the 1980s

Jason Wittenberg (USA): The Battle for Souls: Communist Repression and Clerical Resistance in Hungary

Krisztián Ungváry (Hungary): Breaking the Leadership of the Hungarian Catholic Church in the Kádár-regime, 1956-1989
Margit Balogh (Hungary): State Church Policy in Hungary between 1945 - 1989

10.00 - 10.30 Discussion
10.30 - 10.50 Coffee break

10.50 - 11.35
Taras Bublyk (Ukraine): Legalization of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the Light of Relations between the Greek Catholics and the Soviet Authority in the Years 1988 - 1989
Pavelescu Serban Liviu (Romania): Bargaining with Caesar. The Relations between the Orthodox Church and Communist Regime in Romania after the Second World War
Momchil Metodiev (Bulgaria): Enforcement of Civil Rituals as a Tool of Repression over the Bulgarian Orthodox Church during Communism

11.35 - 12.05 Discussion
12.05 - 13.35 Lunch

13.35 - 15.05
Peter Mulík (Slovakia): Methods and Modes of Anticlerical Policy in the Communists States of Middle and South-Eastern Europe and their Changes between 1945 - 1989
František Vnuk (Slovakia): Decree of Excommunication of the Holy See on the Schismatic Catholic Action in Czechoslovakia
Pavel Kugler (Czech Republic): Czechoslovak People's Party - the Function of Christian Party in Socialism
Peter Borza (Slovakia): The Process of Liquidation of Greek Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia
Hans-Hermann Dirksen (Germany): Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Soviet Union
Kateřina Joklová (Czech Republic): Repressions on the Sect Jehovah's Witnesses in North-West Bohemia

15.05 - 15. 35 Discussion
15. 35 - 15. 55 Coffee break

15. 55 - 16.55
Annegret Dirksen (Germany): Minor Religious Communities under the Hungarian Socialist Regime
Elena Gluško (Russia): Jesus Christ as a Political Leader: Defence of the Policy among Churchgoers in Czech Lands in "Normalization"
Ivana  Hrachová (Czech Republic): Persecution of Roman Catholic Church in North Bohemia after 1948
Peter Zubko (Slovakia): Jozef Čársky and the Communist Regime

16.55 - 17.25 Discussion
18.30 Reception

Friday, October 2, 2009
8.30 - 9.00  Participants presence 

5. Specialized Organs of State and Political Control over the Churches

9.00 - 10.30
Jan Pešek (Slovakia): State and Political Authorities´ Supervision of the Churches in Slovakia between 1948 - 1989
Konrad Białecki (Poland): The Role of Authorities in Personnel Changes in Christian Churches in Poland during the Stalinist Period
Csaba Szabo (Hungary): Controlling the Catholic Church in Hungary in Period of Real Socialism
Tomáš Faber (Czech Republic): Authorised Representatives of Ministry of Education, Science and Art at Episcopal Consistories
Olga Šmejkalová (Czech Republic): The Action Religious Teaching

10.30 - 11.10 Discussion
11.10 - 11.25 Coffee break

6. Mass Media and Anticlerical Policy of the Communist System

11.25 - 12.25
Christopher Adam (Canada): The Language of Repression - The Hungarian Communist Press and the Suppression of the Catholic Church of Hungary
Michal Pehr (Czech Republic): Forms and Means of Ideological Struggle against the Catholic Church after the February 1948
Stanislava Vodičková (Czech Republic): Communist Propaganda as a Weapon in a Fight against the Catholic Church
Rahel Cerna-Willi (Switzerland): The News Coverage of G2W Magazine of Churches in the Communist Countries of Middle Europe

12.25 - 12.55 Discussion
12.55 - 14.20 Lunch

7.  Collaboration of the Churches with the Communist Regime

14. 20 - 15.35
Marian Gula (Slovakia): Cooperation of Clergymen with the Secret Police
Marija Čipić Rehar (Slovenia): Committee of Priests Members of Osvobodilna Fronta (Liberation Front) and Cyril - Method Society in Slovenia after 1947
Gregor Buss (Czech Republic): Why did Catholic Priests Collaborate with the "Stasi"? Answers from the Files of the Secret Police in the Former GDR
Pavol Jakubčin (Slovakia):  Piece Movement of the Catholic Clergy
Tomáš Veber (Czech Republic): Plojhar - a Persecutor, or a Persecuted Person?

15.35 - 16.05 Discussion
16.05 Closing ceremony                            


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