Parallel Lives – Reader

Authors: Clemens Bechtel, Aleš Březina, Gianina Cărbunariu, Ľubomír Burgr, Dušan Vicen, Ľubomír Morbacher, Tomasz Kireńczuk, Péter Závada
Editor: Martina Vannayová
Publisher: Association International Theatre Festival Divadelná, Nitra
Content: 98 pages
Year: 2014

The Parallel Lives reader includes five stories from each country participating in the project. They are stories that the creators came across while doing research in the archives of communist secret police organisations and that they have composed in an original way.

Diverse stories of people whose lives were fatally influenced by the secret police are to serve as a memento of the oppressive totalitarian regimes. They are a mosaic of human stories whose tragic quality indicates the nature of the communist regime’s power mechanism, and that raise questions as to how we deal with our recent past. They are not precisely historiographical material, but given their documentary character, they, pars pro toto, reflect our recent history whose dark side must never be forgotten.

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.