Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Cultures of History Forum

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

Debating 20th Century Histroy

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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The road from Sosnowiec to Warsaw symbolizing Gierek’s biography is decorated with old motorcycles

Exhibiting 20th century history

When Local Memory Confronts State Historical Policy

Staging Edward Gierek’s Life in Sosnowiec

Valentin Behr · 03.09.2018

The article reviews a recent temporary exhibition about former Polish Communist Party leader Edward Gierek in the small town of Sosnowiec and places it in the wider discourses on de-communization and on regional-vs-centralized historical narratives of the recent past.

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Monument in memory of children murdered at Babi Yar

Debating 20th century history

At the Crossroads of "Memory Wars"

Recent Debates on the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

Alexandr Voronovici · 07.08.2018

When in 2016 the decision was made to create an international Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv, the plan received much support from government officials, including President Petro Poroshenko. Yet opposition emerged from both the Ukrainian Jewish community and nationally-minded Ukrainian historians and public institutions.

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