Lenin’s Mausoleum: A Haunted House on Red Square [1]

Siobhan Kattago, PhD, New School for Social Research of the University of Tartu Cover picture: People queue in front of the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square, in the background St. Basil’s Cathedral and Kremlin. March 1925 | Bundesarchiv via Wikimedia Deutschland “Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live!” Vladimir Mayakovsky Much has changed since the …

Memorial Monuments as Hangovers of the Socialist Yugoslav Past. By A. Jakir

Aleksandar Jakir, University of Split, Croatia, Department of History Cover picture: Monument to the Revolution (1967), World War II memorial in Podgarić, Croatia, one of Džamonja’s best-known works | Plamen at Serbian Wikipedia In all modern societies, monuments play an important role in the process of construction of the historical or collective memory. During the …

The art project as a tool for reflection on historical memory and genocide. By M. Morcate

Montse Morcate , PhD, artist, researcher and lecturer of photography at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona Cover picture: Christian Boltanski. Réserve des Suisses Morts, 1991 The contemporary photographic art project has incontrovertible value as a tool for transmitting and reflecting on historical memory and genocide. In this respect, teaching in …

“The long shadow of the past” in the short light of present.

Picture: Horst Hoheisel, Die Tore der Deutschen, 1997, lighting display on the Brandenburg Gate.   By Horst Hoheisel, Artist Aleida Assmann, who will be awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade together with her husband Jan Assmann this year (14 October 2018), has chosen one of my works (1) as the title image for …

Can memorials heal the wounds?

All images by Ana Milošević   By Ana Milošević, a researcher at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, affiliated with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the LINES Institute (Leuven International and European Studies).   In 2014, the Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg won a competition for a memorial to the victims of the Utøya …

The one who sows wind, reaps storms. Validity of the Damnatio memoriae

Picture: Detail of the penitentiary file of Celestino García Moreno, peasant of Morata de Tajuña, shot on June 14, 1939, in the walls of the East Madrid cemetery | quieneseran.blogspot By Fernando Hernández Holgado, associate professor at the Department of Contemporary History of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid   A historical note Madrid was one …

Re-Use of Nazi symbols in Germany after 1945. By Stefanie Endlich

Stefanie Endlich Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin) Cover picture: Imperial Eagle with Swastica at the “Führer’s Building” in Munich; picture taken in the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism (picture: Stefanie Endlich   Right after the capitulation of Nazi Germany, …

History will liberate. By Pavel Tychtl

Pavel Tychtl Representative of the European Commission There are two stories that illustrate well the many complex issues connected with memory. Both of them are linked to one place with a very specific role in the memory of the 20th century. The place is the concentration camp of Buchenwald and the first story is from …