News: OSA Signs Public Archive Agreement with OHR

12 November 2013 – Open Society Archives (OSA)

On October 25, 2013, OSA signed a Public Archive Agreement with the Office of the High Representative (OHR), the ad hoc international institution responsible for overseeing the implementation of civilian aspects of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the Agreement, OSA will preserve and publish online the public documents created and maintained by OHR’s headquarters in Sarajevo, and its field offices across the country.

The archiving project, which started several years ago, includes the digitization of OHR’s public documents, and the creation and long-term maintenance of their digital archive. These documents will niche well in the ex-Yugoslav archives currently under development at OSA, and serve the research interests of a constituency specialized on or coming from the region, not least the over 200 students from Southeastern Europe who enroll at the Central European University every year.



News: Argentina releases ‘blacklists’

8 November 2013 

Sky News

Argentina has released blacklists featuring the names of writer Julio Cortazar and folk singer Mercedes Sosa in newly discovered documents from the country’s 1976 to 1983 military dictatorship. The list contains the names of 285 artists, actors, journalists and others given the designation ‘Formula 4’ by the junta, according to the country’s defence ministry. The label singled out those seen as unfit for government jobs, state aid or subsidies because of alleged Marxist leanings. Officials say private businesses also used the government blacklist, which dates back to April 1979.

Cortazar, who died in Paris in 1984, is considered among the best Latin American writers of the 20th century. The author of ‘Hopscotch,’ which was translated into 30 languages, was an active sympathiser of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution. Sosa, who died in 2009 and was one of the most recognisable voices in the region, went into exile in 1979, first in Paris and then Madrid. Also on the list was Jacobo Timerman, head of the defunct daily La Opinion and father of the country’s current foreign minister, Hector Timerman. The elder Timerman was kidnapped and tortured by the regime and released due to international pressure.

Several journalists, including four who remain missing, were also on the list in addition to painter Antonio Berni, among others. Another list, updated January 31, 1980, includes 331 names under the most severe classification. Described as the first major find of classified documents from Argentina’s so-called Dirty War, the original documents are seen as having ‘immense historical value,’ Defence Minister Agustin Rossi said earlier this week. Some are expected to shed light on the fate of 30,000 opposition activists who disappeared during the dictatorship and are believed to have been murdered. The families of those who vanished have been pushing the country’s military and church to open up their archives as they strive to find out what happened to their loved ones.

News from Vision 7 in Argentina

El Oriente: Gobierno de Argentina da a conocer “listas negras” de la dictadura; Julio Cortázar en la lista

Blogg: Comunicaciones y Reseñas memoria – “Aparecen “listas negras” de la dictadura argentina.Documentos claves.”


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