Students in 6th grade, often do not know Anne Frank. How do they react to the an “Anne also gets a star today” meme – where does the fun stop?
This article reflects on the conceptualization of history embedded in museum exhibitions and discusses competing ideas of history conveyed by museums.
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After Ibizagate and with a new government, once again we may ponder the Austrian idea of democracy, which is sometimes confused with harmony.
Tourists for decades have taken photos in former concentration camps, even in Auschwitz. The emergence of selfies, however, transforms our perspective on historic sites.
In 2018, a debate arose regarding a monument to the “Trümmerfrauen”, unveiled by the Austrian right-wing Vice-Chancellor H.C. Strache. The core question was whether they deserved a monument at all.
Some Germans, even in Academia, grow tired of the intense confrontation with the Nazi past. Many historians have stopped exploring it, attributing marginal value to it explaining current developments
A documentation about the Waldheim affair in 1986 is an informative presentation of past culture of memory and history. It begs a question: Does it repeat patterns shown in the film?
The Austrian memory of Nazi era and Holocaust remain connected to the "victim thesis". Austria may often seem unteachable, but several institutions are promoting a critical culture of remembrance.
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The rise of right-wing populists and the brutalization of public space that they pursued recalls Stefan Zweig's narration of the years predating this year’s commemorative years 1918 and 1938.
...to understand the past differently: These are some of the forces of fiction. It also reminds us that reality never speaks for itself; the narrative choices and the language used are not neutral.