House description Memorial is many things: a pressure group, a centre of research, a museum, a library, an archive and an international movement. Above all, Memorial is, however, the living memory of past wrongs; a lasting witness to repression, dictatorship and lives lived under constant pressure, both within and without the close confines of the gulags. Read more!
What can memory mean for the future? Memorial host Marianne Hirsch for a discussion of the ways that institutions and individuals approach memory, looking at contemporary and historical practice and asking what changes in the approaches adopted could mean for society going forwards.
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The Soviet woman With laws on domestic violence topping the Duma's to do list, Memorial host Wendy Goldman to look back at the history of women's liberation in 20th century Russia. How did early Soviet reformers envisage womanhood, how many of their ideals were they able to realise and what has the legacy of these reforms been?
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Bloodlines We all know about the Holocaust, but how much do we know about the Gulag and how many of us still live with the terror these two human catastrophes engendered. Ernst van Alphen looks at the different histories of the Holocaust and the Gulag and the different traumata which they caused, tracing the development of these traumata through the victims to their children and grandchildren. Watch the video!
A matter of interpretation The way we perceive our societies is based upon our understanding of their historical evolution, which itself is often a result of narrow national narratives. Professor Winters speaks of the work which a new generation of transnational historians has been undertaking to challenge national dialectics and to create new broader histories of key past events. Watch the recording!