Historical Memory

Imprisoned Youth (2018 – ongoing)

Imprisoned Youth tells the story of 20th century Europe, from Flanders to Siberia, through the memories of five young political prisoners. While they all may have distinct backgrounds, different – at times even conflicting – political beliefs and lived in places far apart from each other, they have one thing in common: their coming-of-age happened behind prison bars.

By letting these victims tell their own stories, Imprisoned Youth intends to create a prism throwing a fresh light onto this period of political change and social upheaval. It also hopes to involve younger generations in understanding and shaping a shared European culture of remembrance.

Project Team:

 Daniel Kopp (Germany), Helena Kernan (United Kingdom), Elena Barysheva (Russia), Kacper Dziekan (Poland), Sofiia Pyshnieva (Ukraine), Olena Babakova (Poland/Ukraine), Inna Fedorova (Russia), Adina Năstase (Romania)

#medialogue (2016-2017)

The aim of the project is to initiate and strengthen personal and social processes of dealing with the past, which is a prerequisite for building sustainable peace and stability in the societies involved in the project. The target audience was comprised of young people (aged between 16 and 19), journalists and historians from Croatia (Istria County), Slovenia (Littoral), Macedonia (Skopje), Ukraine (Lviv), Italy (Trieste) and Germany (Berlin). They analysed, how the newspapers of 2016 dealt with the anniversaries of the events of 1990–1991, by comparing and discussing them. The project results were presented at a joint event held in all the countries involved.

Project Team:

Elena Andreeva (Croatia), Sonia Angiolin (Croatia), Štefan Čok (Italy), Oleksandra Garshyna (Ukraine), Christoph Meißner (Germany), Bojan Stojkovski (Macedonia), Marta Yaremko (Ukraine)

After the Iron Curtain: memory and culture in post-communist Europe (2015-2016)

The collapse of the Soviet Union is one of the greatest geopolitical events in the modern history of Europe. The event has changed the map as well as the lives of millions of people both in and outside the former Communist countries.

The factual course of events is well documented, as are the cultural, economic and political consequences for the post-Soviet countries. In our project, we focus on the inhabitants themselves, and their stories. How is the upheaval remembered in Russia, Poland and Sweden, and what consequences did it have for the inhabitants on a personal level?

The aim of the project was to create an oral library with stories and interviews.

Project Team:

Katarina Lindqvist (Sweden), Krystyna Lewińska (Poland), Wojciech Frydrych (Poland), Kristina Khutsishvili (Russia)