Press Room

Posted: 09/April/2015

A Beijing rehab center for Chinese teenagers labeled internet addicts: is there a way to "deprogram" them?

Posted: 26/March/2015

Between 1942 and 1943, 25,000 Roma were deported from Romania to Transnistria. Only half of them survived. Seventy years later the film reconstructs the missing stories of Roma Holocaust.

Posted: 19/March/2015

Four mullahs and an atheist filmmaker spend a weekend at a house in the country debating the principles of Iranian society. Can a shared living room facilitate a peaceful coexistence?

Posted: 12/March/2015

167 days of the trial proceedings against four men charged with racially-motivated crimes against Roma. Crime and Punishment in Hungary.

One World Prague, 2014 -BEST FILM AWARD

Posted: 05/March/2015

Everyday Rebellion

Riahi Brothers | 2013 | Austria, Switzerland | 110 min | Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Russian, English

What does the Occupy movement in New York have in common with the Spanish Indignados protests or the Arab Spring? Nonviolent resistance at a glance.

Public Lecture by Robin Kirk
Posted: 02/March/2015

Learning Collaboratively, Learning Immersively: Lessons in Human Rights Pedagogy by Robin Kirk, Co-Director, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

Posted: 01/March/2015

OSA Archivum and Verzio Film Festival present 7 outstanding documentaries - the most popular films of the 11th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (

The Wreck
Posted: 10/February/2015

OSA Archivum is organizing a series of public programs to draw attention to the fatuous rebuilding plans of Buda Castle  and The Royal Palace.

Audiovisual Project Archivist wanted
Posted: 14/January/2015
The Open Society Archives seeks a dynamic individual for a short-term Project Archivist position to process and describe the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Broadcast Archive, consisting of thousands of hours of digitized broadcast recordings.
The Gábor Demszky Personal Papers Are Available for Research
Posted: 08/January/2015
OSA completed the processing of the Gábor Demszky Personal Papers. The first part of the papers, containing one of the largest Hungarian samizdat collections was donated to OSA in 1995 and made available since then. A selection of records documenting Demszky’s five consecutive terms as Mayor of Budapest (1990-2010) and his short-lived presidency of the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ), along with a set of Communist state security documents were added in 2010. This new addition is now also open for research.
Time Machine Exhibition
Posted: 10/December/2014
OSA Participates in the Time Machine Exhibition on Europe’s History created by Sladovna Pisek in the Czech Republic.
Call for Applications - The City uploaded: Urban Intersections of Films and New Media
Posted: 08/December/2014

The CEU Summer University announces the course

OSA at the 2014 Human Rights Forum and Fair
Posted: 04/December/2014

On December 6, 2014, the European Youth Centre, a residential educational establishment of the Council of Europe organizes a one-day Human Rights Forum and Fair to celebrate the International Human Rights Day within the framework of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) No Hate Speech campaign.

Research Room Winter Break
Posted: 02/December/2014
The Research Room will be closed from December 22, 2014 to January 2. The first operating day is on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Sketch of military maneuvers in Budapest, 1956
Posted: 20/November/2014
The thinking behind the curation of OSA's new online exhibition, 1956 - 301 - 1989, in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. // A Google Cultural Institute/OSA 1956 - 301 - 1989 c. kiállítása katológusa helyett.  
Google OSA exhibition screenshot
Posted: 19/November/2014
Marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of Communism, the Google Cultural Institute and OSA have launched an online exhibition, entitled 1956 - 301 - 1989. Using a wide range of materials from OSA's holdings, including Radio Free Europe research publications, Western and Hungarian propaganda films, secret police surveillance reports, as well as samizdat posters, the exhibition explores how, after decades of official silence, the memory of the suppressed 1956 Revolution was mobilized in the mid-late 1980s by the Hungarian democratic opposition.
Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_06
Posted: 17/November/2014

The closing event of a film series to explore documentaries associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity.

War from the Victims’ Perspective / Photographs by Jean Mohr
Posted: 11/November/2014

The exhibition addresses the issues of victims of conflicts, refugees and communities suffering from war and still under potential threat. It focuses on the emblematic cases of Palestine, Cyprus, and Africa.

Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Posted: 10/November/2014

Ten years in the making, Verzio continues to promote open society, democracy, and tolerance exploring new territories in the vast field of creative documentary cinema.  Verzio has created a forum where films, perspectives and interpretations can be examined creatively and critically. Born out of a commitment to documentary film and human rights, and backed by the indispensable institutional support of the Open Society Archives (OSA), Verzio continues on its course of human rights promotion via film.

Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_05
Posted: 03/November/2014

OSA Archivum presents: Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_05:
Thursday, 6 November at 6:00pm
The Tailenders
By Adele Horne, 2006, English subtitles, 70 min

Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_04
Posted: 22/October/2014

'Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory 2 October - 20 November 2014' is a unique film series to explore documentaries
associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity.  It's related to the CEU course called,
Historiography: Themes in Its History and Approaches to Its Theory.

Programmers: Ioana Macrea-Toma, István Rév and Zsuzsanna Zádori.

Documents from Hungary’s Democratic Transition
Posted: 20/October/2014
OSA acquires documents (photographs, press clippings and political campaign materials) about Hungary’s democratic transition from the estate of István Bartók, a well-known public figure and passionate photographer of his beloved city Budapest.
Posted: 13/October/2014
Open Letter to the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
 Truth and Objectivity – Film Laboratory
Posted: 29/September/2014

A unique film series to explore documentaries associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity.  Various ways of investigating, revealing, and verifying truth are detailed in each film through uncovered footage, interviews, observations, or re-enactment of past events.  Just as the filmmakers incorporate different approaches and methods, so these themes are echoed in the CEU course called, Historiography: Themes in Its History and Approaches to Its Theory.

OSA's Yellow-Star Houses Virtual Exhibitions Featured on Google Open Gallery
Posted: 17/September/2014
OSA's two virtual exhibitions on the Yellow-Star Houses project are now featured on Google's Open Gallery website.
Posted: 15/September/2014
Dear Researchers,Please note the special hours for September 2014: OSA Office and Research Room Closed to the Public: September 18 & 19.Research Room Closed to the Public:September 25.September 30. Open only from 13:00 until closingThank you for your understanding.
Europeana 1989 at OSA in September
Posted: 04/September/2014

OSA is the project leader of Europeana 1989 in Hungary. During the Hungarian collection campaigns, it cooperated with the SZTE Klebelsberg Library of the University of Szeged and the Museum of Sopron. The last collection campaing will take place at OSA on the  5th and 6th of  September, 2014.

Tibor Philipp Collection
Posted: 03/September/2014
OSA has acquired a new collection related to Tibor Philipp, a well-known member of the Democratic Opposition and of the alternative art group Inconnnu in the 1980s.
QR code – How Family Slides Become Public History
Posted: 01/September/2014

The three meters by three meters art piece, QR code, which consists of 2.916 slides, will be permanently exhibited in the OSA Archivum's Goldberger House in Budapest. OSA is one of the internationally most well known archives of the recent past, displaying documents on historical events and eras in unusual ways. It is eminently suited, both spatially and spiritually, to display this work of art.

Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives
Posted: 11/August/2014
OSA and the Visegrad Fund are inviting applicants for the 2014/2015 academic year, who are interested in working on specific aspects of the following broader research themes. All the proposed research topics are related to the diverse problems of the archive (“archive” both as a concept, a notion and idea, and “archive” as physical repositories having, intellectually interesting specificities as well).