Post Bellum is a non-profit company established in 2001 that searches for and records witnesses’ memories of historic moments of the 20th century. The organisation was founded by a group of Czech journalists and historians, who met at press conferences and anniversary commemorations of various events and who were convinced that witnesses must receive the opportunity to tell their whole story, coherently and in detail.
Post Bellum’s core project is the Memory of Nations, a collection of the memories of specific people, photographs, newspapers, and various historical records from the totalitarian eras of the 20th century. The collection now comprises thousands of witness stories and is available to the public as an online database.
The online collection comprises the memories of veterans of World War II, Holocaust survivors, resistance fighters, the stories of political prisoners, dissidents, contemporary war veterans, ethnic minorities, but also of those who were on the repressive side of the totalitarian regimes – State Security, the KGB, and others.
The strategic partners and co-creators of the Memory of Nations are the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and Czech Radio.
Besides recording witnesses’ testimonies, Post Bellum strives to get these stories into the awareness of a broader audience. The Post Bellum team now numbers more than twenty employees and hundreds of external collaborators who work on expanding the Memory of Nations collection, who secure finances and manage everyday operations, who coordinate educational and informative projects for both children and adults, who narrate the stories to new audiences. We prepare exhibitions, publish books, organise social events. For ten years we have been broadcasting the Stories of the 20th Century in Czech Radio. We support pupils and students to take an interest in modern history and their own roots with the help of experiential workshops and the extensive educational project Stories of Our Neighbours. Each year we hold the largest documentary contest in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. We are constantly looking for new ways to bring the subject into public awareness and open up the public debate on democratic values. All these activities are governed by Post Bellum’s Code of Conduct, which can be downloaded here.
And if you have an idea for an interesting witness who has a story worth recording, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk to us! We will listen.