Podcast: Roundtable Osteuropa 35

Nostalgia in Political History Museums in Germany and Russia


“We will not make this mistake a second time.” With these words, Vladimir Putin justified Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine, referencing Stalin’s failed attempts in appeasing Hitler and thereby eqating the United States and NATO allies with Nazi Germany. But the fight over historical interpretations did not begin in February 2022, nor is it unique to contemporary Russia. We also see it closer to home: in the nostalgic language of the far right and populist parties in Germany, France or Poland. In the political discourse of the AfD, the Rassemblement National or PiS, we find prominent appeals to a country’s glorious or noble history, which sidelines tragic events of national guilt. In this episode, Félix Krawatzek discusses the use of history and particulary of nostalgia in Russia and beyond with Jörg Morré and Oleg Lutohin, who are both engaged in portraying and exhibiting contemporary history – in theory and in practice. They talk about Soviet nostalgia and the situation of museums in Russia and they discuss how to avoid the political cooptation of memorial sites and museums.

(Musik: “Complete” von Modul steht unter einer CC BY-NC-ND 3.0-License.)


Roundtable Osteuropa

Der Roundtable Osteuropa ist ein Podcast des ZOiS. Hier diskutieren Wissenschaftler*innen des ZOiS und Gäste über ihre Forschung zu Osteuropa. Dabei gehen wir auf aktuelle Ereignisse in Politik und Gesellschaft ein, versuchen aber auch, unbekanntere Themen zu beleuchten – mit Einblicken aus Soziologie, Politikwissenschaften, Geografie, Sozialanthropologie, Literaturwissenschaften und Theologie.

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