When children of perpetrators fight for… justice. Meeting at the Museum - Muzeum Pamięci Sybiru

16 November 2023

When children of perpetrators fight for… justice. Meeting at the Museum

How do different countries approach the problem of accountability for crimes? Is it possible to look at the history of our own country from a distance, when our loved ones worked for the repressive system? We invite you to the open meeting “(Un)punished Crimes. Argentina and Russia”.

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The above questions will be asked during the meeting at the Sybir Memorial Museum, to which we invite you on Wednesday, November 22, at 5:00 p.m.

The members of the organization ‘Historias Desobedientes’ from Argentina will be our special guests. It comprises children of people involved in serving the military dictatorship that ruled the country in 1976-1983. It is estimated that the regime contributed to the death of several dozen thousand Argentines. Many are still declared missing.

Not many of the officers of the Argentine junta were tried — in the 1980s, Argentina adopted legislation that made it impossible to deal with the war crimes. In 1986, it was the “Punto Final” (‘Full Stop’) law, and one year later “Obediencia Debida” (‘Rightful Obedience’).

Along with the next successive rule, Argentina’s policy towards the perpetrators of the crime is changed, but the country’s society still faces off against a sense of injustice. That marked the birth, among others, of the: Historias Desobedientes (‘Disobedient Stories’) movement. People creating it demand bringing their loved ones to justice, declare their willingness to give evidence. They conduct a social campaign to reveal the truth and achieve social reconciliation.

Among the leaders of Historias Desobedientes is Eduardo Kalinec’s (a former police officer known in Argentina as ‘Doctor K’) daughter Analía Kalinec. In 2010, Eduardo was sentenced to life imprisonment — he was convicted of killing five people and torturing 147 prisoners of camps that the junta created for opponents of the regime.

Analía Kalinec will be among the guests of the Sybir Memorial Museum, she will share her story with the audience and talk about the movement called ‘Historias Desobedientes’.

The situation in Argentina and the local grassroots movements towards bringing criminals to justice encourage us to pose questions about how other countries deal with the similar burden. What does it look like in Russia, for example?

Professor Wojciech Śleszyński, director of the Sybir Memorial Museum, expert on the subject of the Soviet invasion of Poland will talk about the Soviet regime and the contemporary policy of (non)reconciliation.

It is during the meeting that a documentary film about Argentinian regime will be presented.

The meeting will be translated into Polish.

Free admittance. Welcome!

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