Entries by Tayla Myree

Memory Culture, in Three Parts

By Abbey Metzler One. I had been in Poland for just over a month, when I suddenly found myself in the Poland I had always read about. Well, it never was called by the name Poland in those stories. It was just a place. Usually a dark place, with endless woods encroaching on the safety […]

Observations from German History Studies

By Edward You During my stay in Berlin, the experience in the African Quarter is certainly a unique one. The area’s name is tied to Germany’s colonial past. A rather inconspicuous neighborhood nowadays, there, one finds streets named after German colonies in Africa and infamous German colonizers. This site is much less visited by tourists compare […]

The Children of Atrocities

By Anthony Russo Before coming to Europe and seeing all the memorial sites to past atrocities, I thought I had a decent understanding of what had happened during the Nazi and Communist regimes. I knew that it was a time of great injustices against mankind, and that hundreds of thousands of people perished. However, I […]

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Working in Secret

By Kyra McDermott In today’s recounting of history, Auschwitz-Birkenau is often at the forefront of Holocaust memory as the best-known concentration and extermination camp from this era. However, Auschwitz-Birkenau operated in secret for years during the Holocaust before any action was taken to liberate the prisoners. Those in charge of the camp made many deliberate […]

Suffering for Freedom: Socialist Realism in Memorialization

By Taylor Krzeminski “Herein lies the strength of the Red Army. And herein lies the weakness of the German fascist army.” – Josef Stalin The capital of a former fascist and communist state, a city of destruction and liberation – Berlin occupies a special place in memorial culture. At the Treptower Park Soviet Memorial, historical memorialization […]

Who’s Watching?

By Sarah McLafferty One of the most characteristic aspects of the communist rule in 20th century Central and Eastern Europe was the use of the secret police to keep the population in line with the ideals of the party. The secrecy surrounding the secret police have captivated people’s interests while also evoking a sense of […]

Rethinking Remembrance

By Rody Conway The 20th century was a century of unprecedented growth, prosperity, and freedom. Conversely, the events of the 20th century set the bar for the scope of human cruelty. While genocide has existed for as long as there have been people, the frequency of large-scale attempts at eliminating entire defined groups of people […]

What Constitutes a Good Museum?

  By Ciera Moore Since coming to Central Europe, we have visited many museums. Some of them were really interesting and introduced us to new information like the Holocaust museum in Budapest. Other museums were not as informative or were very flashy and over-the-top such as the House of Terror also located in Budapest. Our […]

This History Is (Not) For You

By Aren Burnside Monuments, memorials, and museums all attempt to convey history to their visitors. Yet what audience are these structures aimed at? To whom are these monuments, memorials, and museums meant to teach history? In an era of increasing globalization and international travel, it might be easy to say everyone. However, an important feature […]