Ideology, Memory and Religion in Post-Communist East Central Europe: A Comparative Study Focused on Post-Holocaust Cover Image

Ideology, Memory and Religion in Post-Communist East Central Europe: A Comparative Study Focused on Post-Holocaust
Ideology, Memory and Religion in Post-Communist East Central Europe: A Comparative Study Focused on Post-Holocaust

Author(s): Michael Shafir
Subject(s): Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Political history, Social history, History of the Holocaust, Post-Communist Transformation, History of Antisemitism
Published by: SACRI - Societatea Academica de Cercetare a Religiilor si Ideologiilor
Keywords: antisemitism; Judeo-Communism; Holocaust; genocide; crimes against humanity; Prague Declaration; Competitive Martyrdom; Double Genocide; Holocaust Obfuscation;

Summary/Abstract: Post-communist East-Central Europe is witnessing a clash of memories focused on its recent past. Whereas Western memory is constructed around the “politics of regret” and responsibility-assumption vis-à-vis the Holocaust, Eastern memory focuses to a large extent on responsibility-attribution for the trauma of communist rule. These are comparable traumatic experiences, but due to different “cognitive mapping” and different mnemonic social frameworks, Eastern memory has produced a post-mnemonic framework that allows for a creeping justification of interwar Radical Right ideologies; for the transmogrification some of their standard-bearers into anti-communist heroes and martyrs; and the obfuscation World War II history. In some countries, religion and its past representatives are used for the same purpose.

  • Issue Year: 15/2016
  • Issue No: 44
  • Page Range: 52-110
  • Page Count: 59
  • Language: English