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Cultures of History Forum

Exhibiting 20th Century History

A Dual Legacy: Reviewing the New Exhibition at the Former Nazi Camp Salaspils (Paula Oppermann)

When in February 2018 a new exhibition opened at the site of the former National Socialist 'Work Education Camp' Salaspils, its reception in the Latvian media was mixed. The history of the camp as well as its Soviet memorialisation are complex and have been frequently contested in Latvian society. The article reviews the new exhibition against this backdrop and asks how the curators present both the history and legacy of the place.

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Debating 20th century history

Criminals, Martyrs or Saints? Romania’s Prison Saints Debate Revisited (Monica Ciobanu)

The historical role played by the Orthodox Church and individual priests as both conspirators with and opponents to Ceauşescu’s rule continues to be debated in Romania today. Recent developments appear to associate the Church with a controversial movement that advocates for the canonisation of former political prisoners of Orthodox faith, some of whom were members of the fascist Iron Guard movement of interwar Romania. The article provides background and assesses the debate that spans issues of historical justice, memory and religion.

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