Assassins of Memory

Political and legal problems of uncovering,
whitewashing and rewriting history

November 19, 2021

Polish Academy of Sciences
Scientific Centre in Vienna

Recording from the 2020 Conference

Part of the Law

and Memory Project

About the conference​

Assassins of memory – political and legal problems of uncovering, whitewashing and rewriting history is part of the Law and Memory project, dealing with topics related to juridification, politics of memory and historical revisionism.

The conference will provide political and legal input to the discussion of politics of history and the broader aspect of memory as an essential part of political strategic planning. The problematic aspects of individual countries’ history and the politicians’ approach to using them in public discussion are part of a particularly heated debate in contemporary Europe, where facts have to face their public reinterpretation. These practices may influence the perception of history both positively (as preserving certain inviolable facts) and negatively (whitening the history, rewriting it, highlighting only selected elements). The issue of the transitional justice will be at the center of the discussion. The conference will result with a post-conference publication.

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“We want ourselves to be seen and to have been seen as we are; and we want just as much to veil ourselves and remain unknown, for behind every determination of our being lies dormant the unspoken possibility of being different.”

― Helmuth Plessner, Grenzen der Gemeinschaft

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November 19, 2021

Assassins of memory
– political and legal problems of uncovering, whitewashing and rewriting history

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