Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2009

In Osteuropa 2-3/2009

The Walls in People’s Heads
Memory Culture Divides Europe

Aleksander Smolar

Deutsche Fassung


With eastern enlargement in 2004 began the successful political and economic integration of Poland and the other East Central European countries into the European Union. But this step has to be followed by another: the rapprochement of Western and Eastern memory culture. For the differing assessments of the Second World War, the Holocaust, the East-West conflict, even the break with Communism of 1989 as well as relations with Russia prevent a true intellectual and cultural integration of the EU.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2009, pp. 369–380)