Writing Childhoods, Righting Memory

Intergenerational Remembrance in Post-communist Romania

in Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
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  • 1 Codruța Alina Pohrib is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Gender and Diversity of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands codruta.pohrib@maastrichuniversity.nl
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Abstract

This article traces different appropriations of intergenerational memory in post-communist Romania in three non-formal educational texts: the pop-up book The Golden Age for Children; Ȋn faţa blocului (Outside the apartment building), a collection of outdoor games that defined the generations of the 1970s and 1980s; and Elev în Comunism (Students during the communist regime), which comprises first person narratives by teenagers imagining their lives as pupils under communism. I flesh out the stakes involved in correcting, repurposing, or capitalizing on nostalgic remembrances of the communist past, which are or may be passed on to children by their parents who grew up under communism, paying close attention to expectations from and pressures on the family as a privileged site of memory transmission.