The Berlin Wall Trail and the Iron Curtain Trail

Michael CramerMember of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 until 2019 Recently we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and of the Iron Curtain in Europe. The wall around West Berlin was 3.60 m high and 160 km long. Its appearance and location changed over the course of time: the …

The Biddy Mason Memorial Park and the Importance of centennial monuments after COVID-19

Los Angeles, located in a region founded on the exploitation of Native Californians by Spanish missionaries and a destination for the Black community during the Second Great Migration, is home to two memorials depicting this great disparity in visibility and historical dialogue — the controversial defaced statue of Spanish missionary Junipero Serra and the memorial park of formerly enslaved and philanthropist Biddy Mason.

The multiple forms of the banalization of the Holocaust. The Memory Monster

In this novel, the author analyses, criticizes and denounces a key feature of his own social reality: the trivialization of the Holocaust through its spaces of memory, and through the various mechanisms of memorial transmission, both in his homeland, Israel, and abroad. This trivialization takes the form of a memory monster.

Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective: Preconditions for Success

El-Masri, Samar; Tammy Lambert; Joanna Quinn (Eds.). (2020) Palgrave By Luis Ángel Gasca Triviño, Undergraduate Student, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University Fellowship student at EUROM (2020) Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective: Preconditions for Success, edited by Samar El-Masri, Tammy Lambert and Joanna Quinn, is a volume of individual country case studies …

“Twenty three and a half”

Hrant Dink Site of Memory Oriol López Badell, Historian, EUROM coordinator Cover picture: Atlantis Civilization Room-Photo | Mıgırdiç Arzivyan In June 2019, Istanbul welcomed a new site of memory very close to Taksim Square, the epicentre of contemporary Turkey’s pro-democracy demonstrations. The venue, which bears the enigmatic name of “Twenty three and a half”, is …

Lipa’s commitment.

The Memorial Centre Lipa Remembers Carlota Sánchez Vidal, Historian, University of Barcelona  Cover picture: Memorial exhibition | EUROM The small village of Lipa is located in the municipality of Matulji, in the north-eastern part of the county of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, just five kilometres from the border between Croatia and Slovenia. This fact is a defining …

Book: Melancolía de izquierda. Después de las utopías.

TRAVERSO, Enzo (2019) Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, pp. 415 [original title. Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory. Columbia University Press, 2016] Ricard Conesa, Historian, project officer at the EUROM Enzo Traverso (Gavi, Italia, 1957) is a well-known figure to scholars of historical memory and readers of this journal. The most recent issue of Observing Memories contains …

The transmission of memory in the struggle for justice: The silence of the others

Cinema David González, Historian, project manager at the EUROM Cover picture: El silencio de otros (2018). Directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. Produced by El Deseo. 95’ | ©El Deseo The documentary The Silence of Others (2018) describes the personal and collective struggle in Spanish society to denounce and prosecute the crimes of the …

The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco

Nikro, Norman Saadi; Hegasy, Sonja (Eds.). Palgrave, 2017   By Tsjalling Wierdsma, Master Student on Heritage and Memory Studies, University of Amsterdam. Fellow at EUROM (2018). The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco, edited by Norman Saadi Nikro and Sonja Hegasy, is part of the larger Palgrave Studies in …

Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History

Belavusau, Uladzislau; Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias (Eds.). (2017) By Tsjalling Wierdsma, Master Student on Heritage and Memory Studies, University of Amsterdam. Scholar on practice at EUROM (2018). The volume Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (2017), edited by Uladzislau Belavusau and Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, integrates various accounts by both lawyers and non-lawyers and approaches memory laws …