Forward, into the past! Russia and politics of memory

Russian authorities started a campaign to close Memorial, the country’s leading independent civil society group that has contributed immensely to the preservation of historical memory in the Soviet Union and Russia. The Kremlin’s vision of the past is becoming increasingly ideologised. This applies especially to the notion of victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, which…


Memory and Identity in Europe: Presence and Future

Does a common European culture of remembrance exist? Is it possible to create one narrative about the history of Europe? With these questions in mind, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity invites institutions and organisations dealing with 20th-century history and history education to gather at the 9th European Remembrance Symposium. The main goal of the…


Memorial Candles in Our Hands

The Janusz Kurtyka Foundation is organizing a Conference entitled “Memorial Candles in Our Hands: The Advantages Polish Scholarship and Museum Studies on the Commemoration of Holocaust Sites  Have Brought for Polish – Jewish Relations”. The Conference entails a special review of the Polish tributes to Holocaust victims in Polish territories, as regards memorial sites and…


Practices of memory. German-Polish Debates on Remembrance

Memorial sites, monuments, and museums are a natural element of the surrounding landscape and an important tool for shaping collective memory. They refer both to what a given community wants to celebrate and to difficult and painful events. In the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, we observed the changing languages of…