What is it about?
Historical memory institutions have been established across post-communist Eastern Europe to address the communist past. Whereas in most cases their role and effect tend to be overbearing, in the Albanian case it is the opposite. The article asks why that is so.
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Why is it important?
The findings show that constructing a usable past after a dictatorship is difficult if the post-authoritarian society is polarised and culturally divided. Instead of a shared memory of the past, we witness restorative memories of victims of the dictatorship, on the one hand, and of inheritors of the past regime, on the other, competing in the public sphere. Ultimately, the post-communist social order has a bearing on the effect of institutions.
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This page is a summary of: Reconstructing the past in a state-mandated historical memory institute: the case of Albania, European Politics and Society, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2019.1645420.
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This is the official trailer of the movie 'The Delegation' by Bujar Alimani produced in 2018. This movie has been awarded by Warsaw International Film Festival (2018) and by Trieste Film Festival (2019). There is a sequence in the trailer in which the militiaman (Asslan) of the communist regime when talking to the party official (Spiro) reveals the rift between the official representation of the past and oppressed memory of the victims. Asslan to Spiro: 'Comrade Spiro, I am here to assist you but you are not my boss [Party ideology is my boss?]. This man [the political prisoner] means nothing to me. Two cousins of mine gave their life for this state [the communist regime]'. The words in square brackets are mine.
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