Unfolding dark Narratives
Museums and presentation of education, wars and the socialist period as problematic memories – experiences in Slovenia
Branko Šuštar, Museum Councillor, Slovenian School Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and President, Historical Association of Slovenia
Institutionalization of traumatic memories is part of dealing with the history of the Second World War. In exhibitions of war crimes it is important to orientate toward humans. The individuals are to be lifted front and center and all hate-mongering should be prevented.
Branko gave an interesting speech about the turmoil situation his country has had in different wars. His countrymen were fighting in all sides of the world wars. How to build a coherent exhibition narration of war history in a country that has so many different narrations?
Sind wir noch Freunde? Displaying the difficult history of the German presence in Finnish Lapland, 1941-44
Mirkka Hekkurainen, Coordinator, University of Helsinki, Finland
The project Mirkka talked about was a multidisciplinary project of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, history studies, criminology and sociology. The difficult history of Northern Finland in the Second Wold War was addressed by researchers from two universities. “Wir waren Freunde” was an exhibition about the Dark Heritage of Finnish-German collaboration in the Second World War.
The people who used to live during the difficult times of the Lapland war have already reached such an old age that researchers have now the last moments to collect these stories.
Moderator: Minna Sarantola-Weiss, Board Member ICOM Finland