About the authors

INVESTIGATION THE COMMUNIST PAST

Csaba G. Kiss is a Hungarian cultural historian, essayist. Since 2013 he is senior scientific advisor of the RETÖRKI (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition) in Budapest and professor of the Department of Hungarian Studies at the University of Warsaw. His scholarship focuses on Central European nationalisms and national symbols. He has taught as visiting professor at Humboldt University (Berlin), the University of Zagreb, Constantine the Philosopher University (Nitra), Charles University (Prague). He has authored 12 books in Hungarian, two in Polish, his papers have appeared in German, English, French, Slovakian, Croatian, Polish and Czech publications. Author of the monograph on Central European national an themes („Hol vagy, hazám ?” – Where are You, My Homeland, 2011). His recent book in English: „Understanding Central Europe (Nations and Stereotypes)” Budapest, 2013.
csgkiss@gmail.com

Patryk Pleskot is a Polish historian, graduate from Warsaw University and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Socials in Paris. He was also studying at University of Nancy. Scholar of the Foundation of Polish Science, Ministry of National Education and the government of French Republic. Since 2007 he works at the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw. In 2013 he was visiting fellow at the University of Western Sydney. He is a member of the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) and the Baltic Intelligence and Security Studies Association (BISSA), as well as member of editorial board of the quarterly „Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość” („Memory and Justice”). He is an author and co-author of fifteen books and about 120 scientific and more popular articles, i.a. The hampered Academy. Polish Academy of Sciences in the documents of security apparatus 1967–1987 (t. 1: 2009, t. 2: 2012); Intellectual neighbors. Relations between Polish historians and the Annales mouvement from 1945 to 1989 (2010); patrykpleskot@gmail.com

Attila Szalai is a Hungarian political journalist, publicist, exdiplomat, now senior researcher of the RETÖRKI (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition). Graduated at the Warsaw University on political sciences and journalism. From 1975 to 1990 he lived in Poland with his Polish wife, was the member of the Solidarity movement and was active as a courier between the Polish and Hungarian anticommunist structures. He was one of the founders of the first political daily paper in Hungary (Új Magyarország) with non-communist roots after the system transition in 1990. In the past 25 years he spent 15 years in diplomacy serving at the Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw and in this interval 4 years as the general director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw. His mayor field of research recently is the Hungarian-Polish relationship in the years of transition, 1980-1990. szalata@yahoo.com

Vojtech Ripka is a Czech political scientist. He has studied Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, University of Oxford and University of Salford. Since 2008, he has held different positions at the newly established Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes- Department of Documentation (head), Research section (head). Currently, he is responsible for educational programs of the Institute. He is also an associated researcher at the International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic). From 2008, he is a Czech representative at the “Future of European Welfare Systems” project (under the supervision of prof. Klaus Schubert, Münster University). His research interests include communist regimes in the Central and Eastern Europe, their fall and the transitional period, historical education, transitional justice and comparative welfare systems.
vripka@centrum.cz, vojtech.ripka@ustrcr.cz

Tihomir Cipek is a Croatian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of the Croatian Politics in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2006, he won the Croatian National Award for Science. On two occasions, he served as president of the Croatian Political Science Association. He was a visiting professor and researcher at the University of Göttingen, Marburg an der Lahn, Vienna, Bonn, Bratislava, London, and at the Institute for the Science of Man in Vienna. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of “The International Encyclopedia of Political Science” published by APSA. The subject of his research interests are political ideologies, comparative politics and European studies. He has written two books and is the editor and co-editor of seven books.
tcipek@fpzg.hr

Peter Jasek is a Slovak historian. He studied history at the University of Trnava, where he obtained PhD. Degree in 2009. At present, he works as a scientific researcher at the Section of the Scientific Research in the Nation’s Memory Institute. In his scientific work he focuses on the contemporary history of Slovakia, especially on the Slovakia during WWII, period of so called normalization (1970s and 1980s) and the fall of communism in Slovakia. He is an author of several scientific studies published mostly in the volume Memory of Nation. He is a co-author of the monographs Smolenice. Scientific Monograpfy of the Municipality (2011), Following the Footsteps of Iron Felix. The State Security in Slovakia 1945-1989 (2012) and Slovak Generals 1939-1945 (2013). He is an editor of the conference proceedings 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (2010), Interpretation of the State Security Documents (2011) and Anti-Communist Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe (2012). He is also co-author of the several exhibitions focused on the Slovak history during communism, like Top Secret! History of the State Security in Slovakia (2011), Anti-Communist Resistance in Slovakia (2012), Candle Manifestation 25th March 1988 (2013) and Fall of the Communism in Slovakia (2013). pjasek13@yahoo.com

János Sallai Hungarian Professor of International relation, retired Border Guard colonel, currently works as professor at Kodolányi János University College and at National Public Service University. Graduated from the Miklós Zrínyi Military Academy in 1992 as boarder guard. Two years later he received his dr. univ. degree, with a thesis titled: “Hungary’s borders on the maps from the Conquest to 1947.” In 2002 he obtained his PhD degree, his thesis this time was written under the title: “Hungary’s state borders and the historic relations of the Hungarian ethnic borders”. The habilitation process took also place at the University of Debrecen, six years later with the scientific work of: “The Hungarian state border surveillance and ethnic frontier history”. During his research and educational work the author also served as border officer until the day of his retirement in 2006. sallaijanos@t-online.hu

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu

Zoltán Császár is a Hungarian social scientist. He studied English and Hungarian literature and linguistics earlier at the Bessenyei György Teacher Training College. Before he became a managing director of a language school, he specialized in teaching business English for companies. He started studying for his Master’s Degree as a student of international studies at the College of Nyíregyháza in 2012. It was there, where he became interested in the research of cultural diplomacy. This same specialist field will be the subject of his research when graduating in 2014. csaszarzoltanster@gmail.com

Borbála Kossuth is a Hungarian sociologist, and jurisprudent. She finished her study at the University of Miskolc. Currently she is working as layer in the Equal Treatment Authorities of Hungarian Government. She is assistant of editor of Central European Political Science Review. She published several chapters about the human rights and democracy. In 2014 she has got a RETÖRKI Fellowship (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition) for 10 Months to investigate the history of Hungarian system-change. kossuth.borbala@gmail.com