On June 15, 2016 Andrei Zavadski conducted a webinar entitled "A Ghetto for Memory? Moscow’s GULAG History Museum and Russian Politics of Memory". The webinar was organized by Die Agentur für Bildung - Geschichte, Politik und Medien e.V. and followed the essay on the new GULAG History Museum in Moscow that Andrei wrote for the "GULAG" issue of the Lernen aus der Geschichte Magazin.
The GULAG History Museum that opened in Moscow in late 2015 offers a relatively non-biased story of Joseph Stalin’s terror. However, it is unclear what place it will occupy in the current Russian memory politics, with its heroization paradigm and focus on the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Where does the new museum stand within the official memorial discourse? Does its opening reflect any changes in the state politics of memory? Is the museum destined to become a ghetto for memories about Stalin’s victims?
A recording of the webinar is available below: