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"Activists can move a tombstone, but they cannot restore it": How photographer Christian Herrmann makes a vanished world visible

How photography and civic activism can bring an understanding of a shared past and mutual responsibility.

Creating the “Motherland” in Russian theatre

Andrey Stadnikov and Dmitry Vlasik are producing a new show on Russian history. I talked to them about the role of the collective, Stalin and music as a way of unlocking memory. RU

Amnesia: a key feature of Belarusian memory

There isn’t much space in Belarus for public discussion about the country’s traumatic past (or authoritarian present). This theatre in Brest is doing what it can to involve people in public debate. RU

Humanism is out of fashion

In today’s Russia, why is anti-militaristic speech perceived as a call for historical revisionism? RU

Reading other people’s diaries in Russia

Historian Mikhail Melnichenko runs a digital archive of personal diaries from Russia's 20th century. The result is both an alternative to tightly guarded government archives and an important artistic resource. RU

Photographing the 20th century

Hungarian artist Peter Puklus talks about his photography book The Epic Love Story of a Warrior, European history of the 20th century, and Marina Tsvetaeva. RU

The great return of the past

How does working with and through the past define our present? oDR launches a new series of articles: "Practically about memory". RU

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