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Assembly of Captive European Nations (Estonian Archives in Lakewood compilation) collection

Identifier: IHRC3533


Memoranda, reports, minutes, press releases, newspaper clippings.


  • 1950-1992


Language of Materials

Estonian, English


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Assembly of Captive European Nations, commonly known as ACEN, was an organization founded on September 20, 1954 as a coalition of representatives from nine nations in Central and Eastern Europe under Soviet domination after the World War II. Former government and cultural leaders from Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania were members of the organization. Its main office was in New York, with branch offices in Bonn, London and Paris. The goals of the ACEN were, in their own words: to provide liberation from communist dictatorship by peaceful means, to educate public opinion on the actual situation behind the Iron Curtain, and to enlist the cooperation and assistance of governmental and non-governmental institutions. Funding was provided by the Free Europe Committee. When that organization suspended financial assistance to ACEN in January 1972 because of its own budget reductions, the offices of ACEN were closed and publication activities came to a halt. During its lifetime the organization published pamphlets and periodicals in English, as well as some of the members' languages. It also sponsored symposia and exhibitions, in particular it promoted the commemoration of Captive Nations Week. It provided background information to members of the United States Congress regarding the political and economic situations in their homelands situated behind the Iron Curtain.


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Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2010. Margit Laanemets and Kristel Tammik of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Assembly of Captive European Nations Records

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