The exhibition “Different Wars” reveals the variation in the narration and perception of the history of the Second World War in modern high school textbooks of the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. The choice of the subject was motivated by the fact that WWII remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes of the European nations’ memories. The modern high school textbooks were chosen as they communicate the spirit of their time and express the culture they are written in.
The exhibition 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 exhibition was prepared, among others, by Karta Centre (Warsaw), Anitkomplex, z.s. (Prague), EU-Russia Civil Society Forum e.V. (Berlin) and the Memorial International, (Moscow), which was given the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament in 2009. It was hosted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg in June 2016.
The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was established in 2011 by non-governmental organisations as a permanent common platform. At the moment, 156 NGOs from Russia and the European Union are members of the Forum. It aims at developing cooperation of civil society organisations from Russia and EU and greater participation of NGOs in the EU-Russia dialogue. The Forum has been actively involved, inter alia, in the questions of facilitation of visa regime, development of civic participation, protection of the environment and human rights, dealing with history, and civic education. The Secretariat is based at DRA / German-Russian Exchange (Berlin, Germany).
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