This 5-days workshop (24 – 28 October) was attended by 16 representatives of the partner Stalin Towns teams (3 from Albania, 4 from Bulgaria, 5 from Romania and 4 from Poland) and the number of Hungarian participants was different depending on the activities.
When organizing this workshop, the University of Dunaújváros put a great accent of the presentation of the memories of victims of the totalitarian regimes, on the presentation of the construction of the Stalin town and on the presentation of the Hungarian national and cultural heritage.
The workshop started with a theme day at the University of Dunaújváros. At a round table the deputy director of the National Remembrance Committee (NEB) held a general presentation of the political, economic and social conditions of Hungary in the 50s. this presentation was followed by other speeches of the local experts on the construction of the town, education and identity.
From the very first day of the workshop, the foreign guests took a tour of the communist objectives of the town guided by the chief architect of Dunaújváros. He presented to them the socialist realism style, the unique style in which the town was build.
On the same day they also made a working visit to the Intercisa Museum for the presentation of the Stalinist artefacts and also of the archaeological landmarks of the town history.
On the second day, the workshop started with a press conference which presented the project results and emphasized the most important events of the Dunaújváros workshop.
The first part of the day was dedicated to a public debate with the active participation of the locals from Dunaújváros. During this debate, the citizens of Stalin Town could share their personal experience with the young generation and the foreign participants. The debate boasted an audience of over 100 people. 4 elder citizens spoke of their life in the Stalinist period, of how the town was built and how the political regime changed.
The public debate was followed by the opening of the exhibition organised as part of the European project by the University of Dunaújváros. The exhibition contains almost 100 Stalinist artefacts, photos, cups, items, political writings etc. offered to the organisers by the locals and the Intercisa Museum.
The second afternoon was dedicated to a study visit to the Dunai Vasmű steelworks, a symbol of the town and the reason why the Stalin Town was built; this is an industrial steelworks which is still operational today. The visit was followed by a tour around the campus of the University of Dunaújváros to discover the infrastructure and research innovations of the University.
The last work day was dedicated to a theme visit to the House of Terror in Budapest, a museum operating as a memorial of the victims of the dictatorial regimes from Hungary’s recent history. The visit to Budapest ended with a tour of the Hungarian Parliament.
10 specialists participated in organizing visits and guided thematic tours.