About Nation's Memory Institute

The Nation's Memory Institute is a public institution, created by the Act of the National Council of the Slovak Republic No. 553/2002 Coll.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Nation's Memory Institute has 9 members. The Chair and four other members are elected by the National Council of the Slovak Republic, two members are appointed by the President of Slovak Republic and two by the Government of Slovak Republic. The tenure of the mebers is 6 years. After the first election, as prescribed by law, two members elected by the parliament, one appointed by the President and one by the Government were chosen by lot for a shortened tenure of three years.

The Board of Directors of the Nation's Memory Institute is currently constituted by:

  • Ivan A. Petranský - Chair of the Board of Directors - elected by the National Council on 1.2.2007
  • Ján Ondriaš – Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors- elected 16.6.2006, appointed by the government of SR on 12.4.2006, assumed duties on 2.5.2006
  • Mária Andrejčáková – member – elected by the National Council on 20.4.2006
  • Ladislav Öllös – member – elected by the National Council on 16.3.2006
  • Augustín Jozef Lang – member – appointed by the President on 2.7.2003
  • Ján Lipinský – member – appointed by the government of SR on 8.7.2009
  • Anton Malacký – member – elected by the National Council on 11.2.2010
  • Slavomír Michálek – member – appointed by the government of SR on 8.7.2009
  • Ladislav Öllös – member – elected by the National Council on 16.3.2006
  • Arpád Tarnóczy – member – elected by the National Council on 23.4.2009

The duties and powers of the Board of Directors are determined by § 12 of the Act No. 553/2002 Coll.

Committee

The Committee of the Nation's Memory Institute safeguards the activites of the Institute. It is presided by the Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors. The other members of the Committee are appointed by the Board of Directors from among the employees of the Institute for a tenure of 6 years.

Supervisory Board

Supervisory Board is the supreme controlling organ of the Institute. It is composed by three members, two elected and ousted by the National Council and one by the Minister of Justice.

The current members of the Supervisory Board are:

  • Ladislav Bukovszky – elected by the National Council on 22.4.2009
  • Juraj Hamuľák – elected by the National Council on 22.4.2009
  • Michal Král – appointed by the Minister of Justice on 30.4.2009

The duties and powers of the Supervisory Board are determined by § 14 of the Act No. 553/2002 Coll

The Sections of Nation's Memory Institute

The principle task of the Institute in the present time, from among the multitude of duties, prescribed by § 8 of Act 553/2002 Coll., is the disclosure of documents about the persecutions, carried out by the Nazist or communist security agencies, to individual applicants. To meet this challenge, the structure of the Institute has been adjusted appropriately. The Sections of the Institute work in close cooperation in fullfillment of the tasks of the Institute.

The duty of Section of Archive is to preserve the archival documents of the former State Security and other security agencies. The total volume of the records which have been taken over by the Archive from the Slovak Intelligence Service by December 31, 2004 amounts 60,479 files.

Of identical importance to the proper functioning of the Institute is the electronic processing of the documents in the Section of IT. This work is also necessary to the publication of the register of the files on the Internet.

Photo fo NMI workplace
The files are electronically processed
on this NMI workplace. Photo: NMI-2004

The electronically processed files are treated in accordance with the provisions of the Act No. 428/2002 Coll. (Data Protection Act) by the Section of Disclosure.

The Section of Documentation, processes and evaluates the records and the activity of the security agencies of the state in the 1939-1989 period from the penal law perspective, focusing on the actual perpetration of crimes against humanity and other severe criminal acts, conflicting with the fundaments of rule of law. In cooperation with the Public Prosecution Office, it works out and files charges against these crimes. The Section, using the evidence available from the acquired documents, reconstructs the organizational structure of the security agencies, including its development, changes and staffing and maps their repressive activities.

The Section of Research - scientific researchers focus on the activities of State authorities, the repressive framework of Security authorities, and the persecution of citizens by non-democratic regimes. They attend to mapping the activities of State Security authorities with special attention. They try to enrich synthetic knowledge of the State Security and its repressive apparatus in the framework of a totalitarian state.


Ústav pamäti národa
(Nation's Memory Institute)

Námestie slobody 6
817 83 Bratislava 15
Slovak Republic

Phone:
+421 2 593 00 311

Fax: +421 2 593 00 391

Email: info@upn.gov.sk

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