Cover Osteuropa 6/2008

In Osteuropa 6/2008

The Epochs of Dictatorships
The Competition of Memories in Lithuania

Alvydas Nikžentaitis

Deutsche Fassung


Lithuania has a young culture of memory with a high potential for conflict. In particular, the memory of the Hitler-Stalin Pact and the Second World War – when Lithuania was caught between all fronts and Lithuanians fought on different sides – prompt disputes. Between Jews and Lithuanians as well as between Poles and Lithuanians, there also exist contradictory memories. But it is precisely present-day Lithuanian-Polish relations that show how a conflict-laden competition of memories can be mitigated.

(Osteuropa 6/2008, pp. 159–166)