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Workshop under the project "Austrian-Bulgarian relations during the Cold War"

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20220525 122709On May 25, 2022, a workshop was held under the project "Austrian-Bulgarian relations during the Cold War", funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics (BMWFW), via the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research.The participants in the forum presented the preliminary results of their research on the topic of the project and discussed their further work.

The members of both teams took part in the workshop:

  • from Austrian side: Assoc. Prof. Peter Ruggenthaler, PhD (Project Coordinator), Dr. Maximilian Graf and Anna Steiner.
  • from Bulgarian side: Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil., Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Project Coordinator), Prof. Nadia Boyadzhieva, LL.D., Bisser Banchev, PhD and Assist. Prof. Dimitar Dobrev, PhD.

The workshop was attended by scholars who do not participate in the project. Those are experts who are individual partners in the research activities - Prof. Mark Kramer (Harvard University, USA), Prof. Stefan Karner (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on the Consequences of War, Austria), Dr. Arno Wonisch (University of Graz, Austria) and Dieter Bacher (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the Study of the Consequences of War, Austria).

The participants were welcomed by the Director of the IBSCT Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova, PhD.

During their stay in Bulgaria, the members of the Austrian project team and their colleagues from IBSCT attended two work meetings. The first one was with the Chairman of the Committee for disclosing the documents and announcing affiliation of Bulgarian citizens to the State Security and intelligence services of the Bulgarian National Army Mr. Evtim Kostadinov. Her Excellency Mag. Andrea Wicke, Ambassador of Austria to the Republic of Bulgaria also attended the meeting.

The second meeting was with Assoc. Prof. Mihail Gruev, PhD - Chairman of the State Archives Agency (SAA). He presented the work of the laboratory for restoration and conservation of documents and the collection of documents of the Jewish community in Bulgaria.

During the two meetings, issues related to the cooperation between the participants in the Bulgarian-Austrian project and respectively SAA and Committee for disclosing the documents and announcing affiliation of Bulgarian citizens to the State Security and intelligence services of the Bulgarian National Army were discussed. This will facilitate the implementation of researchers' tasks related to preparation and publication of a collective volume based mainly on newly discovered documents.

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