Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2020

In Osteuropa 1-2/2020

The shackles of history
Conflicts of remembrance in Lithuania

Adam Bobryk

Deutsche Fassung


In Lithuania, the interpretation of the history of the 20th century has repeatedly been a source of tension. The memory of the suffering of the Lithuanian people under Soviet rule and the remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust also collide in public life. In 2019, the renaming of a street in Vilnius led to vehement protests in nationalist circles. For security reasons, the Jewish community then closed the only still active synagogue in Vilnius for several days. While this succeeded in drawing international attention to Lithuania, the rifts separating different parts of Lithuanian society from one another became even deeper.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2020, pp. 51–60)