Cultures of Remembrance in Saint Petersburg
September 1-6
01.09, 19.00 - 21.00: Dinner with Doctor of Historical Sciences Ivan Kurilla
Ivan Kurilla will acquaint us with the conceptual apparatus of the study of historical memory and will help us enter the context of the narratives about World War II and their evolution that are currently dominant in Russia. Dinner is being prepared by “Food Save the World”, an activist catering service.
02.09, 19.00 - 21.00: Miniconference «Cultures of Remembrance». Shtab (Marata, 31)
How to work with the historical memory of the Second World War? What is the value of this work? What kind of memory do these initiatives create? We will talk about this using the example of three projects:

Artist Olga Lavrentieva will tell about the graphic novel "Survilo". This comic is about the life of the artist's grandmother Valentina Vikentievna Survilo, who went through the years of repression and the siege of Leningrad. The arrest of her father in 1937, exile to a Bashkir village, return to Leningrad, death of her mother, work in a prison hospital during the siege - these tests did not break the main character, but strongly influenced her sense of security.

Historian Milena Tretyakova will tell about the failed project of the new museum of the siege: what would be the function of such a museum, what would it give to the city, how it differed from the museum on Solyaniy Lane, in which direction museums related to the theme of the Great Patriotic War will develop.

Historian Mikhail Melnichenko will talk about the project "Prozhito", which provides a corpus of personal diaries (more than half a million diary entries): what is a public archive and why do you need to digitize home archives.
03.09, 18.00-21.00: excursion "besieged Leningrad" based on diaries. Guide - Alexander Mezhov. Master class on space exploration from dance artist Daria Sedova
04.09, all day: a trip to the "Road of Life" memorial with anthropologist Lilya Akiveson
Collection of acoustic material and its processing. Participants will learn techniques for working with sound, observation methods, and collect material for the future “Cultures of Remembrance” media portal.
05.09: all day: walk with the historian Valery Stolov in Pushkin
Valery will tell about the life of the city during the German occupation, about the memorial places and monuments of the Jewish community.
06.09, 18.00 - 21.00: Talk about methods of working with memory (multimedia projects, games, etc.), processing of collected sounds with Ksenia Yermoshina. Summing up, planning further joint work
Goals of the project:
Critically examine how World War II, National Socialism and the fight against it is remembered in different regions of Europe
Based on this joint analysis develop alternative concepts for commemoration work with young people
Open Call
If you live in Germany, Belarus, Russia or Ukraine and are doing memorial work or are interested in it, join our project!

Content of the project:
Two international exchanges in Ukraine and Germany, in which you will be empowered to conduct international workshops and meetings with young people on the topic based on historical sites and the work of activists*
An accompanying online workshop program that aims to create a multimedia website that engages with the different narratives and questions around the topic of remembrance of the World War II
Сreation of a collection of methods to facilitate the remembrance work with young people
Develop your own concepts for workshops and youth events at memorial sites
*If it is not possible to travel, we will integrate your ideas into our multimedia project and provide you with microgrants for local research. We will also organize smaller national meetings in the partner countries.
The call for the project is open from the 9th to the 20th of June. The results will be announced on the 1st of July. All costs of the trip are covered by the organizers.
DEADLINE 20.06.2021
RESULTS 01.07.2021
The travels
Ukraine: Kyiv, Rivne
30.08.2021 – 06.09.2021
Meetings with experts to reflect on nationally dominant narratives, historical narratives shaped by patriotism, and celebrations as a form of commemoration.
City tour around remembrance sites of Kyiv.
Visiting the World War II Museum (“Motherland”) to understand the representation of the historical period in question.
Visiting the exhibition on the current war in Ukraine to begin the dialogue about war-critical and democracy-promoting pedagogy.
Here we will ask ourselves how and by what means young people can be made aware of the extent of the extermination of human beings. The occasion for this discourse will be a discussion of the planned “Baby Yar Holocaust Museum”, a controvercial project in many aspects. We also want to reflect here on the questions of “Who is being commemorated?” and “Who should/has the right to commemorate?”. Does responsible commemoration apply exclusively to the Jews who were killed or to all those killed – including Ukrainian nationalists, some of whom supported Hitler and collaborated with the occupation administration?
Visiting “Baby Yar”: the ravine where the largest massacre of Jews by the Wehrmacht and SS in Ukraine took place.
A two-day trip to Rivne, the town where the base of the Reich Commissariat in Ukraine was located and half of whose population was Jewish at the beginning of the occupation. In 1941-1942 more than 25,000 Jews* were shot or kidnapped and killed in the ghetto. We will take a historical city tour and participate in the workshop on “Inclusive memorial work”.
Germany – Dresden
Elbe Sandstone Mountains
March 2022
Stay in Dresden and the Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe Sandstone Mountains) . The region is well suited to show the course and embedding of Nazi crimes in the civilian population in the rural area.
Walking tours of various sites of crime and resistance.
Stay at Hohnstein Castle, which was used as an early concentration camp beginning in March 1933.
Multilingual AudioWalk on the persecution and extermination of Jews in Dresden.
Visiting the Münchner Platz memorial which commemorates the victims of political criminal justice during the NS and the GDR to discuss different reception of the Nazi period in different epochs and the question how "connectable" are the discourses from the GDR and post-Soviet states.
Visiting Elbe Sandstone Mountains to convey historical aspects at places that are partly not marked or insufficiently marked as places of remembrance. We want to discuss how invisible history can be made visible again through projects with young people.
Partner organisations:

Educat e.V.

Educat e.V. is a collective of education workers from Dresden and Berlin, who do diversity- conscious and critical education. Educat e.V. organize commemorative hikes to the sites of antifascist resistance in the region of the Elbsandsteingebirge.


Human Constanta

Human Constanta is a Belarusian human rights organization. It was registered in 2016 in Minsk. Human Constanta work in three main areas: protection of the rights of foreign citizens and stateless persons, promotion of anti-discrimination and digital freedoms and rights.


Political Critique

Political Critique is an independent left media aimed at developing and disseminating critical meanings and narratives and popularising the ideas of equality. To achieve this, three important areas are addressed, namely science, culture, and politics. In their work, Political Critique rejects the existence of “objective” journalism and prefer “engagement” instead. They give voice to those who are deprived of it today: to employees of socially important but “not prestigious” occupations, to representatives of discriminated groups, to activists of grassroots initiatives seeking to change this world in a progressive way.



Trava is a civic education platform based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. They collaborate to figure out how society works and learn how we can self-organize, be independent from state & corporation interests and come up with collective solutions for complex problems and challenges.


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