Imprisoned Youth tells the story of 20th century Europe, from Flanders to Siberia, through the memories of five young political prisoners. While they all may have distinct backgrounds, different – at times even conflicting – political beliefs and lived in places far apart from each other, they have one thing in common: their coming-of-age happened behind prison bars.

By letting these victims tell their own stories, Imprisoned Youth intends to create a prism throwing a fresh light onto this period of political change and social upheaval. It also hopes to involve younger generations in understanding and shaping a shared European culture of remembrance.

Pierre Stippelmans

Pierre Stippelmans

Anti-fascist concentration
camp survivor

18 years old when first imprisoned at Fort Breendonk, Belgium, in 1943

Pierre Stippelmans
Julie Hrušková

Julie Hrušková

Anti-communist
people-smuggler

21 years old when first imprisoned in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia, in 1949

Julie Hrušková
Izrail Zektser

Izrail Zektser

Jewish Socialist idealist

16 years old when first imprisoned in Perm, Soviet Union, in 1945

Izrail Zektser
Joanna Szczęsna

Joanna Szczęsna

Anti-communist
underground publisher

21 years old when first imprisoned in Łódź, Poland, in 1970

Joanna Szczęsna
Nicolae Purcărea

Nicolae Purcărea

Nationalist paramilitary

18 years old when first imprisoned in Pitești, Romania, in 1942

Nicolae Purcărea

Partners

The following individuals and organisations have been invaluable in helping us to build up this multimedia resource. We are grateful for their support and look forward to further fruitful collaboration.

Are you a researcher, NGO employee, archivist or former political prisoner yourself? We would love to hear from you and discuss potential collaboration. Please contact us via the email address below.

We are also very interested in hearing from students, teachers and university lecturers. If you would like to organise events or programmes related to the materials sourced by Imprisoned Youth, please do get in touch.