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Eastern European museums represent traumatic events of World War II, such as the Siege of Leningrad, the Warsaw Uprisings, and the Bombardment of Dresden, in ways that depict the enemy in particular ways. This image results from the interweaving of historical representations, cultural stereotypes and beliefs, political discourses, and the dynamics of exhibition narratives. This book presents a useful methodology for examining museum images and provides a critical analysis of the role historical museums play in the contemporary world. As the catastrophes of World War II still exert an enormous influence on the national identities of Russians, Poles, and Germans, museum exhibits can thus play an important role in this process.
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List of Illustrations Preface: Project's History Zuzanna Bogumil Acknowledgements Zuzanna Bogumil Introduction: The Enemy on Display Chapter 1. Temple of Heroic Community: Soviet people, Leningraders and German-Fascists in the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg Chapter 2. Temple of Romantic Martyrdom: Poles, Germans and Jews in the Historical Museum of Warsaw Chapter 3. Forum Revising National Myths: Second World War in the Dresden City Museum Conclusions Appendix: Museum descriptions: The Second War World and City History Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Zuzanna Bogumil is Assistant Professor at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw and a member of the Social Memory Laboratory at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Her most recent book is Gulag Memory (Universitas, 2012). Joanna Wawrzyniak is Head of the Social Memory Laboratory at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Among her recent books is the co-authored oral history documentary Rebels: The 1970s and 1980s in Poland (Swiat Ksiazki, 2011). Tim Buchen is a research fellow at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). His PhD dissertation on anti-Semitism in Habsburg Galicia won the Immanuel Kant Award from the German Federal Representative for Culture and Media in 2012. Christian Ganzer is a PhD student at Leipzig University, Germany. His publications include a monograph on the Museum of the History of the Zaporozhian Cossackdom in the Ukraine (ibidem-Verlag, 2005). Maria Senina is a historian at the Museum of the Political History of Russia in St. Petersburg. Her main academic interest is the history of Russia at the beginning of twentieth century

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"The study contains a multitude of interesting details and observations pertaining to various regimes of collective memory, the specifics of national and local commemorations, and the inclusion of contested past into the fabric of museum exhibitions." - Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research

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