Saskia Paul war Mitglied der Initiativgruppe Leben, dem 1987 gegründeten, zentralen Forum der Leipziger Friedens-, Umwelt- und Menschenrechtsgruppen. Dort setzte sie sich vor allem für die Einführung Sozialer Friedensdienste in der DDR ein. Sie war an der Vorbereitung der beiden „Pleiße-Märsche” beteiligt, und sie glaubte zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch an die Möglichkeit, die DDR und ihr System zu reformieren. Nach 1990 studierte sie Archiv- und historische Hilfswissenschaften, wurde promoviert und übernahm 2012 die Leitung des Archivs Bürgerbewegung Leipzig.
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Zdeněk Palcr was a Czech sculptor, restorer and art theoretician. He graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague (1945-1950). After his studies and his compulsory military service he worked as a restorer. He was a member of the Máj 57 (May 57) group, which was inspired by Czech and international modernist traditions. Palcr exhibited his work at all of the group exhibitions until 1964. He also participated in several international symposia and exhibitions. His first solo exhibition was at the New Hall Gallery in Prague in 1970. He also designed film posters. Creating sculptures became a spiritual matter for Palcr, which was why he refused to exhibit his work and why he did not want to make a living through sculpture. From the 1970s he looked at formulation in art theory – his writings were then published in the 1990s.
As Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Lithuanian SSR, Paleckis personally signed orders authorising the mass deportation from independent Lithuania of several figures. The former Prime Minister of Lithuania Antanas Merkys, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Juozas Urbšys, were deported to the Russian SFSR with his approval. Lithuania's intelligentsia and its elite were considered to be enemies, and they were some of the first to be sentenced to deportation or death. He worked closely with the NKVD in Lithuania.
Jiří Pallas studied technics and, after emigrating, also system engineering. Between 1972 and 1978, he was one of organisers of folk concerts of songwriters within the association “Šafrán” until its elimination by the State Security (StB) at the end of the 1970s. Vladimír Merta, Vlastimil Třešňák, Dagmar Andrtová-Voňková or Jaroslav Hutka were also members of the association. Pallas and his wife were some of the first signatories to Charter 77 in 1976 and were forced to leave Czechoslovakia in 1977, due to StB’s operation “Asanace”. After his emigration to Sweden, Pallas founded and run the record label “Šafrán 78” between 1979 and 1985. It released LPs by singers and groups banned in Czechoslovakia, as well as well-known recording of Havel’s play “Audience” with actor Pavel Landovský. Pallas was also politically active in exile; he collaborated with “Výbor 21. srpna”, an organisation, activities of which focused on backing resistance against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and where the initiative for creating “Fond na podporu Charty 77” (Støttefondet for Charter 77) started.
- Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
- Uppsala, Sweden
Boryana Panayotova is the younger daughter of Sevdalina and Panayot Panayotov and the
sister of Teodora Panayotova. Teodora and Boryana grew up in an environment of
intellectuals critical of the communist regime. Born in Sofia, they also lived
in Chepelare, where their mother was a teacher, and their father, Panayot
Panayotov, was director of the Vassil Dechev Secondary High School. As
children, Boryana and Teodora witnessed the innovative and creative activity of
their parents, and developed critical thinking and self-reflection.
Boryana Panayotova graduated from the University of Sofa in history. She is the
author of textbooks and university-level pedagogical materials. Boryana
Panayotova today lives in Canada and works as a lecturer at Université Laval
(Québec City) and Université Laurentienne (Sudbury).
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