Former communist prisons in Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus have become contested public spaces of memory. With buildings in various states of disrepair or neglect, the redevelopment of several is now being considered. But can they realistically function as both sites of remembrance and mixed-use spaces that look to the past and future simultaneously?
Felix Ackermann studied cultural studies, history and political science at the European University Viadrina and at the London School of Economics. Since February 2016, he has been writing a history of the penal system in divided Poland-Lithuania as part of his new research project at the German Historical Institute Warsaw.
Perceptions of the European migration crisis in Lithuania and Belarus
Belarusians and Lithuanians have scarcely been affected by Europe’s handling of the migration crisis. Yet they too are rediscovering “the Other” in the Muslim refugee, writes historian Felix Ackermann.