A public service company called Živá paměť (Living Memory) was founded by six of Employees of the Office for NS-victims in November 2003. Soon after the establishment of the Office her employees began to realize that the projects oriented on supporting the victims of Nazism and commemorating their legacy should not end with payments of one-time compensation.
The mission of the company Living memory is to attend to the common memory heritage of persons persecuted by totalitarian regimes, especially the victims of Nazism and Fascism, to manage and extend the collection of archive materials collected in connection with compensation and to provide the above-mentioned victims with consulting and social services.
The corporation is organisationally independent of the Office and its activities are paid from sponsor contributions and grants. Up until 2007 it has already implemented three documentary projects prepared by using oral history. It was a project of biographic interviews with former forced labourers deported to the Saar region; this project culminated in a travelling exhibition Destination: Saar Region (Saarbrücken, Berlin, Prague) and a publication bearing the same title, published with the financial support of the Czech Council for Victims of Nazism.
A project mapping the fates of former prisoners of the Flossenbürg concentration camp had a similar focus. This project was implemented in cooperation with the memorial built in the place of the former camp. The outputs of this project, supported by the Euregio Egrensis association, will form part of the new permanent exhibition at the memorial.
The largest collection of research undertaken up until now formed part of the international project "Documentation on the Life Stories of Victims of Slave and Forced Labour", which involved filming five hundred and fifty biographical interviews with the victims of Nazi persecution all over the world. After successful completion of a selection procedure, Živá paměť made a total of forty interviews in the Czech Republic and seven interviews in Slovakia. The project was financed by the Erinnerung und Zukunft fund and was coordinated by Fern Universität Hagen.
In another two projects, Živá paměť focused on educational and awareness-raising Activities. With the support of the Czech Council for Victims of Nazism and the Union of Forced Labourers, it published a study material for history teachers in 2006, entitled Nazi Persecution of the Inhabitants of Czech Lands, and ensured its distribution among nearly 1,200 secondary schools in our territory.
During the lecture series Disappeared Roma and Roma Today in the Czech Republic, the associates of Living memory visited a total of thirty eight primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic from February1, 2005 to December 31, 2006. Two thousand pupils and students attended the discussions with the witnesses of the Roma Holocaust and experts on Roma issues. Some of these pupils and students then participated in a contest for the best visual, literary or historical work on the topic of the lecture they listened to. This project also could not have been implemented without the support of the Erinnerung und Zukunft fund.
Other activities of Living Memory are oriented on the social sphere. One of the main outputs of a long-term fundraising project was obtaining a grant from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic at the end of 2006 to create a consulting office for victims of Nazism.