The Value of Alfred A. Reisch Fonds

Friday, June 19, 2015 Clare Svetla Lewin

I personally think the most valuable in Alfred A. Reisch fonds is his extensive research on the CIA’s secretly funded, book-distribution program in which he took part while working for the Publications and Special Project Division (PSPD) from 1956 to 1974. From 2001 to 2013, Alfred Reisch worked on a monograph, Hot Books in the Cold War, which was published in 2013, the same year as his death, by the Central European University Press.  The central aim of the book is to tell in a scholarly manner the story of the covert book distribution program that ran from July 1956 until the end of September 1991. This program, which was a very little known Cold War operation, complemented the Western Broadcasts and provided Western literature to Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

American Refugee Committee (ARC) – the Balkan Story now in OSA

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Robert Parnica

From 2000-2002, the American Refugee Committee ran comprehensive support projects to assist Bosniak families from Srebrenica in returning to their homes, which had been inhabited by Bosnian Serbs since 1995: the Housing Support for Families of Srebrenica living in IlijasMunicipality, and the Facilitation of Minority Return to Sarajevo Canton Project.

The ARC reconstructed seven homes in Srebrenica, into which three families returned. The four families who did not return in 2002 were: (1) Hidajet Fazlic, who purchased an apartment in Ilijas after inclusion in the ARC’s reconstruction program; (2) Senad Mostic, who chose to receive construction materials from the ARC but was financially unable to complete reconstruction work; (3) Akif Beslija, who plan to return after the birth of their baby in spring 2003; and (4) Mjerja Gljiva, who was evicted from the transitional unit in Breza, and is waiting for to transport and secure shelter for her cows near her reconstructed home.

Kemény István

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Gabriella Ivacs

Kemény István (1925-2008) szociológus munkásságának kevésbé ismert része, hogy 1980 és 1990 között a Szabad Európa Rádió munkatársaként Párizsból a vasárnapi ebéd után telefonon diktálta be a jegyzeteit a Rádió szerkesztőinek.  A magyar adások összes hanganyagából mára alig 1000 órányi maradt fenn, ezeket jelenleg az Országos Széchényi Könyvtárban lehet kutatni az adások átirataival együtt.