On the eve of the Victory Day, 8 May 2016, the opening of the Russian version of the Exhibition “Different Wars: National School Textbooks on World War II” took place at the Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg. About 100 people attended the event, among them officials, representatives of media and NGOs, including Forum members, historians, and the general public.
‘Comparative studies of national interpretations of the past are a current historiographical trend. It is interesting to observe how this complex topic was dealt with by an international team of researchers in the format of a traveling exhibition.’ told Dmitri Pushmin, Head of Archives at the Yeltsin Presidential Center, while addressing the public at the opening. ‘In our museum, you will find such a remark: ‘Freedom is to know other people’. This means that there might be different points of view, one might disagree or argue with another, but it is important to hear one’s counterpart.’
Welcome speeches were also held by Stefan Keil, Consul General of Germany in Yekaterinburg; Tatiana Merzliakova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region; Robert Latypov, Chairperson of the Perm Regional Branch of the International Memorial Society; Anna Sevortian, Executive Director at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
‘We are happy to have found this impressive space and new partners – the Yeltsin Presidential Center,’ says Kristina Smolijaninovaitė, Project Coordinator at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and one of the authors of the exhibition. ‘Simultaneously, the English version of "Different Wars" was opened on 5 May 2016 at the Charles University in Prague. With this synergy, we hope that the exhibiton will deepen discussion on acute topics in our societies and help us to better understand ourselves as well as current situation in Russia and the EU.’ 
The “Different Wars” Exhibition explores differences in perception and narration of the history of the World War II by comparing modern high school textbooks from the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia. It was initiated by the Working Group “Historical Memory and Education” of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in close cooperation with historians, civil society activists, history teachers, and enthusiasts from all the countries involved.
The Russian version of the exhibition was prepared in collaboration with Memorial International and was displayed in Moscow already. The project is supported by the European Commission, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Apart from Moscow and Yekaterinburg, where it stays until 22 May 2016, the "Different Wars" Exhibition will be displayed in other Russian cities – such as Perm and St. Petersburg