Alexandra Wachter

is a researcher in Contemporary History at the University of Vienna specializing in Soviet and post-Soviet history, National Socialism resistance, history and trauma, and urban history and architecture.


Cover for: Flags of survival

The Ukrainians trapped underground in besieged Mariupol steel works were instructed to wave white flags. They face a warring nation whose people once suffered a crippling war of extermination themselves. What can the present-day memorialization of the Siege of Leningrad tell us about Russia’s heroic self-image?