The Confronting Memories programme explores the phenomenon of historical memory. What is the connection between the past and the present? How do historical events shape different countries and societies today? With our programme, we create a space for a meaningful dialogue with diverse perspectives on the history of the 20th century. 

In 2020/21, the programme organised a series of online public discussions based around “75 Years Since”, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The topics discussed were diverse and included: the war in East Asia; how the war is remembered in Germany, Poland and Russia; and the geographical “blindspots” in Second World War history of North Africa, South America and the Middle East. 

Since 2020, the programme has been working with history teachers from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Through a series of webinars and capacity-building activities, the teachers create lesson materials that can be used in these countries to teach aspects of the Second World War from a multiperspective approach. The partners of the project are the History Workshop Leonid Levin, Minsk, Belarus; Youth Memorial, Perm, Russia (Forum member); the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe, Wroclaw, Poland (Forum member); and the Secretariat of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

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Information about our previous project Different Wars can be found here.