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damaged bunker at the river Valbona - one among many thousand such bunkers built during the Hoxha era and spread all over Albania

Debating 20th Century History

Debates About the Communist Past as Personal Feuds

The Long Shadow of the Hoxha Regime in Albania

Idrit Idrizi ·


More than thirty years after the end of the Hoxha regime, the communist period is still subject of heated public debates in Albania - debates that frequently degenerate into personal attacks and insults. The article traces the origins of the stong polarization in the public discourse to the communist repressive tool of 'family liability' and to an insufficient and heavily instrumentalized post-communist process of transitional justice.

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The two-volume study "Night without end. The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland" by Jan Grabowski and Barbara Engelking

Politics of History

A Ruling Against Survivors

Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias about the Trial of Two Polish Holocaust Scholars

Interview ·


The recent verdict against two Holocaust researchers in a Polish civil law court raised much concern about the increasing juridification of history in Poland. We interviewed the legal scholar and civil rights lawyer Dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias about the legal and political background of this lawsuit, as well as about antisemitism and the role of the judiciary in the Polish government's 'historical policy'.

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Artwork by Anna Redko projected on a residential bloc in Minsk, 2020

Politics of History

Historical Memory and Symbolism in the Belarusian Protests

Nelly Bekus ·


What has been the role of historical symbols and images for both mobilizing anti-government protests in Belarus and coping with the state-inflicted violence against peaceful protesters? This is the main question guiding this exploration of the dynamics of memory-related images and symbols during the 2020 protests. It discusses the power of historical symbolism and its parallels in earlier revolutions in the region, yet also emphasises key differences in the Belarusian case.

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