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Cultures of History Forum

Memorial plaque to General Storm/Generolas Vetra (Jonas Noreika)

Debating 20th century history

Between the Public and the Personal

A New Stage of Holocaust Memory in Lithuania

Violeta Davoliūtė · 19.12.2018

A recently published personal story by American-Lithuanian writer Silvia Foti about her grandfather's involvement in the Holocaust in Lithuania has raised critical questions in the Lithuanain public about who has the right and authority to pronounce judgement on the nation’s history. The article reviews this debate and discusses how intimate and self-critical stories like Foti's fit within the official narrative and public celebration of the heroic resistance nation in contemporary Lithuania.

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1968 Tanks roll into Prague

Debating 20th Century History

The Sound of Silence

How Czechs Commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Prague Spring

Kristina Andelova · 30.10.2018

50 years after the 'Prague Spring' ended, Czech political leaders remain strangely silent in commemorative events. A gradual shift is taking place in the Czech national conversation about 1968, away from the strong anti-communist narrative of the first post-communist decades. However, the opportunity is missed to finally engage a wider public in discussing the political ideas and legacies of 1968 for the country today, leaving room for populists and illiberals to shape the narrative.

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Counter-demonstrations to students' protests now and then using the same slogan: 'Students get back to your studies'

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History and memory of 1968 in Poland

Debates around the 'Estranged' exhibition

Maria Kobielska · 28.09.2018

The latest temporary exhibition by the Museum Polin in Warsaw entitled 'Estranged. March ’68 and its Aftermath' has been controversially discussed in the Polish public. The article gives a brief review of the exhibition to then analyse the subsequent debates as they provide an insight into contemporary Polish culture of remembrance and into the particularly sensitive issue of Poland's postwar Jewish-Polish relations.

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