The National Memory Institute explained the difference between the perception of the history of the war in Ukraine and the Russian Federation
Ukraine and Russia are guided by different models of memory of war victims: liberal and repressive, respectively.
This was stated by the director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Anton Drobovich during an online discussion “With a shield or on a shield: what is May 8 and 9 for the ‘Modern Ukraine? “Reports a correspondent from Ukrinform.
“Each state develops a collective memory. Each official authority tries to work with it. If it is a moderate formative influence, which is built on a liberal perspective, then it is a story, it is a frank conversation. That is to say that in Ukraine there is debate, discussion, healthy process of criticism, discussion. And there are all kinds of repressive models, like in Russia now, when they don’t advise, and the official memory turns into a kind of agitation, like in Soviet times, “said Drobovich.
According to him, in the case of these two memory models, we are talking about two different slogans.
“The slogan ‘We can repeat’ is a model of memory. And “Never Again” is the second model. “Never again,” is a thought, how scary it was to never repeat that. And here, immersion in personal pain, anguish, horrors of war, mass deaths, immersion in people, empathy counts, “said Drobovich.
See also: Ukraine must not choose between 8 and 9 May – Drobovich
As an example, he cited Anatoly Kuznetsov’s book “Babi Yar”, which is written on war and at the same time on the life of a person, a family in the context of war. It is closer to the Never Again model.
“And the second model -” We can repeat it “, when all this excitement, when they write” In Berlin! »On trolleybuses … This model calls for heroism and you forget the horrors. Children with automatic weapons in military uniforms, the militarization of education that we see in Russia … This model gradually creates a certain appeal. It seems that war is a normal way of solving problems, because all the real human horrors and sufferings fall from this matrix. It is a danger because such bravado is easy to handle, ”warned the head of the IPU.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru