The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) is a governmental organization founded in December 2005. The objectives of the Institute include, but are not limited to, investigating and identifying human rights violations and abuses during the Communist dictatorship, researching and disseminating research results regarding the Communist past, and educating the general public with regard to civic values and democratic norms.
The academic journal History of Communism in Europe is one of the yearbooks edited by The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. It is a journal open to all inquiries that have the objectivity, complexity and sophistication required by any research on the issue of communism, as well as on the different aspects of totalitarianisms of 20th Century Europe. These scholarly investigations must remain an interdisciplinary enterprise, in which raw data and refined concepts help us understand the subtle dynamics of any given phenomenon.
The first issue appeared in 2010, and since then the journal has covered various topics pertaining to Communism, such as: nation building after the Second World War, memory and history of communism, narratives of communism, history of science during the Cold War or transnational biographies during the 20th century.