Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2017

In Osteuropa 11-12/2017

In the circle of history
Memory loss and the battle for remembrance

Gerd Koenen

Deutsche Fassung


The general public may be only superficially aware of the battle for remembrance waged by Arseny Roginsky and Memorial since 1988. However, in his tenacity in breaking new ground by perpetuating the memory the victims of Bolshevik rule, Roginsky adopted the same attitude that he admired so much in the social revolutionaries, Narodniks and Mensheviks who were incarcerated in the prisons and camps during the early phase of Bolshevik rule: he remained unbroken.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2017, pp. 45–52)