Pedagogical Service, Oradour Memory center
- My organization:
June 10th, 1944 a unit of the SS slaughtered 642 inhabitants, men, women and children in the small village of Oradour. Opened in 1999, the center of memory constitutes an access to the ruins of the destroyed village and stands as a cultural equipment of ‘interpretation’: a story being told with all the information needed to understand the tragedy.
- Examples of concrete activities I have organized/am organizing in the field of “dealing with the past”:
- Tri-national exchange Oradour/Dachau/Tuzla-Sarajevo around the topic of “dealing with the past, questions and difficulties”
- Tri-national exchange Oradour/Dachau/Osijek: Crossed histories, a European memory?”
- Tri -national exchange Oradour/Dachau/ Nis: War and propaganda
- Different exhibitions around this topic (Spanish civil war, New-York 11/09/2001, memory and photography, Eichmann’s trial…)
- Conferences, workshops with scholars and teachers
- Art as a media for memory (drama, paints…)
- Concrete challenges I am facing in my “dealing with the past”-related work:
- Explain young generations how it is important to know the ‘difficult” history and to find a way to remind this events, in order to understand that our society is now a result of this past
- Keep this memory alive in spite of a lack of survivors from this period
- prevent revisionism of history, which currently happens with Oradour’s story
- My personal link to/interest for the topic of “dealing with difficult pasts”:
I studied history at the University, and one of my first works was a study of the trauma of World War I in literature and movies.Then I had the opportunity to work in the memory center, and to realize how it was difficult to find compromise between the family’s victim expectations and historical needs.