Mission Siberia Young Lithuanians meet the deportees

Each year Mission Siberia sends 15 young Lithuanians to Siberia and other areas in the former Soviet Union where Lithuanians were deported. They search for traces that Lithuanians left behind and tidy up cemeteries where Lithuanians are buried. But most of all they go to meet Lithuanians — and their children and grandchildren — who decided to stay even after it was possible to return in the 1950s.

By Påhl Ruin Inga kommentarer till Mission Siberia

Papusza The story of a Polish Roma poet

While the film Papusza certainly represents part of a growing interest in and awareness of Romani matters among the Polish and international public, one should not overestimate its value as an eye-opener to Romani history. Rather, it constitutes a fascinating and beautiful story of a lifetime on the margins.

By Piotr Wawrzeniuk Inga kommentarer till Papusza

KALININGRAD exclave in the borderland

In 1996, a Special Economic Zone was created that made it favorable for both Russian and foreign companies to relocate production to Kaliningrad. Once the intentions were to make Kaliningrad known for more than just its military bases. But this is no longer the case. Kaliningrad, once again, is gliding away from being an economic zone to becoming a military zone.

By Påhl Ruin Inga kommentarer till KALININGRAD exclave

Breaking the silence again Hungarian Jewish witness accounts of the Nazi camps from 1945–1946

Survivors actually created manifold historical sources on the Holocaust and even completed a broad array of relevant publications before the end of 1940s; these sources were largely neglected afterwards and have remained underexplored to this day.

By Ferenc L. Laczó Inga kommentarer till Breaking the silence again

Art and Ownership in Eastern European Art History

When it comes to art museums in post-Soviet Eastern Europe, ownership is an especially loaded issue that continues to bring out new skeletons from its closeted past. Ludwig’s gigantic art collection, consisting of some 50,000 artworks, came into being because of his goal of inscribing himself into the future of art history.

By Margaret Tali Inga kommentarer till Art and Ownership

nation-building À la russe How Putin’s government is educating the Russian elites of tomorrow

The nationally organized camp Seliger All-Russia Youth Forum gathers tens of thousands of young Russians every year. Here a report from the inside of the camp, observations in contemporary nation-building.

By Kristiina Silvan Inga kommentarer till nation-building À la russe

Memoralization of the holocaust in the polish film aftermath

The author argues that the history of the Holocaust is the history of Europe; "as Europeans, we all continue to live it". "It is not wise to appropriate to ourselves the story of suffering, because even in the short term such a course will lead to isolation and a rise in anti-Semitism."

By Andrea Petö Inga kommentarer till Memoralization of the holocaust

Post-Soviet Dilemma: Increased number of stray dogs

Many postcommunist countries have large numbers of stray dogs. In several localitites in Russia poisoned meat has been put out to keep the number of strays down. Before major events, such as the Winter olympics in Sochi, mass culling has been announced. Dog rights activists rather suggest sterilization programs and animal shelters.

By Ninna Mörner Inga kommentarer till Increased number of stray dogs

Stettin (Szczecin) A node in a geopolitical network

The author shows how one small region, Stettin/Szczecin, because of its strategic place became involved in important events throughout history.

By Thomas Lundén Inga kommentarer till Stettin (Szczecin)

Tbilisi destroys its past. The Old Town is transformed

A growing number of architects, artists and academics have been protesting against the rapid transformation of the Old Town in Tbilisi, claiming that World Heritage is demolished. But there is a dilemma: many of the Old Town inhabitants welcome the changes.

By Sara Bergfors Inga kommentarer till Tbilisi destroys its past.