The Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) has been established to research the operation and impact of the two totalitarian regimes – the war-time fascist-inclined one and the communist one – on Slovak history.
On December 17, it published a total of 813 names of members of the State Security (Štátna bezpečnosť, ŠtB) administration in Bratislava between 1966 and 1971.
“These people secured the power interests of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia,” head of the ÚPN board Ondrej Krajňák said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. He added that these pieces of information are meant mainly for the inhabitants of western Slovakia who can now finally learn the truth after decades. “Those who do not know their past have to repeat it,” Krajňák noted.
By publishing the re-construction of the personnel placements and organisational structure of ŠtB, ÚPN fulfils one of its roles stemming from the law on the nation’s memory, according to Krajňák. In the recent years, ÚPN already published on its website a detailed description of the regional offices of the National Security’s Corps (ZNB) of the then-Eastern Slovak Region and Central Slovak Region.
The ŠtB regional administration, or office, of ZNB in Bratislava was a regional department of counter-intelligence and part of secret police of the communist party on the Slovak territory. The published information reveals to the public the personnel data, structure and division of the Bratislava office of ŠtB, identifying more than 800 names of ŠtB employees who were involved in “the fight against foreign and domestic enemies” and “the defence of the communist economy”, who followed and wiretapped fellow citizens, monitored their correspondence, etc. ÚPN offer information on the regular employees of the regional department who controlled and recruited agents and who are directly responsible for the creation of intelligence network.
All those interested can find the due data on the ÚPN’s website, including the specific field they worked in (e.g. church and sects, political right, anti-communist movements, culture, education, science, media, etc.).
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Dec 2014 at 14:00