The first images of the past, which are formed by school education and history textbooks, are among the strongest. Textbooks bear the knowledge that a respective society wishes to pass on to the next generation. States use them as instruments for civic education, constructing narratives that foster identities, strengthen societal cohesion, or even legitimize the ruling powers. Textbooks, especially history textbooks, pursue the great questions of human history.
The exhibition “Different Wars” reveals the differences in the narration and perception of the history of the Second World War in modern high school textbooks of the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. WWII remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes of the European nations’ memories. In Russia the victory in the Great Patriotic War is one of the most important pages of national history. By presenting national and thematic posters, it aims to uncover significant aspects of remembrance. Visitors have a chance to “go through” the pages and learn about teaching methods of history textbooks of the different countries.
The Museum Berlin-Karlshorst presents this exhibition from the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and his partners and invites in this context to a couple of events. This invitation refers expressly to Scholars, Teachers and Students.