International Dissident Encyclopedia

Countless men and women courageously confronted the shameless impositions of their rulers in all phases of Communist rule and all countries of the Communist world system. Throughout this period, they fought in the most varied of contexts for democratic national independence of their respective homelands. They demanded free elections, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and opinion, and built solidarity with the oppressed and persecuted of their and other regimes. Who were these people? How did they live, what were their ideas, what did they fight for and what was the price they had to pay for their activities?

Since 22 February 2017, the ‘Biographical Encyclopaedia of Resistance and Opposition under Communism, 1945-91’ has been available online under www.dissidenten.eu. This website provides a quick and convenient overview of important events and personalities of the opposition in Eastern and Eastern Central Europe. Contents of the biographical encyclopedia include:

  • biographies of oppositionists, civil rights activists and dissidents from Eastern and Central Europe;
  • elaborate depictions of the history of opposition and resistance against Communist dictatorships in various countries;
  • elaborate depictions of the history of opposition and resistance against Communist dictatorships in various countries;
  • a glossary explaining the most important historical terms; as well as
  • a wide range of photographs.


The website is continuously expanded with additional countries and oppositional biographies. The website www.dissidenten.eu is a joint project of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, the KARTA Foundation in Warsaw and the Berlin-based Robert Havemann Society, and is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

Contact

Markus Pieper
Head of Memorials and Remembrance Culture
Fon: +49 30-319895-318
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