Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

Talking with One Another, Learning, Remembering
A Minsk Contemporary Witness Project

Marina Bačilo

Deutsche Fassung


At the “History Workshop,” former ghetto inhabitants, concentration camp inmates, and forced labourers speak with pupils, students, and historians about their fate. Both sides profit from these encounters. For the contemporary witnesses, the conversations provide recognition and often a first opportunity to tell of their experiences. The old offer the young an example of optimism, wisdom, and strength – despite all physical afflictions. Misery and persecution under National Socialism and Stalinism have not made most of them betray their values and integrity. That makes the survivors all the more credible.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 285–288)