Project period: October 2008 – September 2012
Project director: Prof. Dr Martin Schulze Wessel, Collegium Carolinum
The debates following the 60th anniversary of the war’s end in 1945 made it clear that in many states of Europe the Second World War and the years immediately following still form a central point of focus of the collective memory and of the national policies of history. Many of these debates focused on museums, historical exhibitions and memorials. Particularly in the post-communist states of Eastern Europe, the desire to adapt the presentations in museums of the war experience and the post war years to the changed political conditions led to several new history museums being founded. More...
Between History und Politics: The Second World War in Museums and Memorial Sites in Western and Eastern Europe
Media between Fiction-making and Claims to Reality – Constructions of Historical Memory