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The "Moving" Image

Empathy and Projection in the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Silke Arnold-de Simine

The moving image has become ubiquitous in museums that deal with traumatic, violent, and difficult histories and could be described as "memorial museums." This article investigates exhibition practices in the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, in which large-scale video installations provide evocative recreations of traumatic experiences that are designed to unsettle and disturb visitors, providing them with a visceral and vicarious experience that calls for witnessing and "empathic unsettlement." It also queries the assumption that the capacity for empathy forms the basis for responsible moral agency, and whether museums aiming to encourage social responsibility should rely on such technologies.

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The Politics of Historical Memory in Germany

Brandt's Ostpolitik, the German-Polish History Textbook Commission, and Conservative Reaction

Yangmo Ku

Prior to the late 1960s, German history textbooks lacked coverage of Poland and depicted Germany's eastern neighbor with negative images. The 1970s and 1980s, however, witnessed positive changes to the contents of German school textbooks—particularly with respect to their descriptions of Poland and German-Polish relations. How and why did Germany promote a more reflective view of history and correct negative descriptions of the Poles in German history textbooks between the 1970s and 1980s? This article addresses this question by focusing on the influence of Brandt's Ostpolitik and on the activities of the German-Polish History Textbook Commission. The article also shows how contemporary conservative reaction was not powerful enough to reverse these positive changes to German history textbooks.

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Stephan Jaeger

: as witnessing and as experiencing the past. 5 Whereas original artifacts, such as bombs, tanks, or rockets, first function as authentic witnesses, they can also assist in evoking the feeling of historical authenticity in visitors. 6 The third

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Kai Krüger

their economic system, witnessed an economic boom during these years. 10 The economy of the GDR during the Cold War has been evaluated in various ways. Since 1990, the thesis of the GDR's economic failure being inherent in the system of planned

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Memory Makers of the Great Patriotic War

Curator Agency and Visitor Participation in Soviet War Museums during Stalinism

Anne E. Hasselmann

of their dual responsibility as witnesses and chroniclers, the muzeishchiki felt that it was their duty to document the war. 4 This article examines how the muzeishchiki created exhibitions about the “Great Patriotic War” and presented them to

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Empowering Critical Memory Consciousness in Education

The Example of 22 July 2011 in Norway

Alexandre Dessingué and Ketil Knutsen

member or an interview in the media with a witness at the time) with a cultural memory that defends democracy and transparency, for example, the speech delivered by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. 51 In addition, pupils may interpret Stoltenberg

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Esilda Luku

, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war and other political and ethnic groups) perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators.” This definition does not distinguish between the different policies of the Nazi regime toward these groups. The third

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Writing Childhoods, Righting Memory

Intergenerational Remembrance in Post-communist Romania

Codruta Alina Pohrib

… they pass through walls, these revenants, day and night, they trick consciousness and skip generations. —Jacques Derrida, Spectres of Marx 1 L‌ike many other countries in the former Eastern bloc, 2 Romania is witnessing continued efforts on the

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Working with the Cold War

Types of Knowledge in Swedish and Australian History Textbook Activities

Niklas Ammert and Heather Sharp

atmosphere and their own reactions and feelings, in the role of a sixteen-year-old Hungarian witnessing this event. The diary text type itself requires a personal view with descriptions of fear and impressions of an eye witness. In one way, this task is open

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Gargi Gangopadhyay

the course of the nineteenth century, Bengal witnessed a slow but steady transition from the traditional, independent village school system to a new, integrated (primary to secondary) educational system. This new “English” education system, which