Article | Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008 | On Maps; Abused Virgins and Nations: Anti Communist Memorial Museums in Hungary and Romania

Title:
On Maps; Abused Virgins and Nations: Anti Communist Memorial Museums in Hungary and Romania
Author:
Gabriela Nicolescu Cristea: University of London, UK
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Year:
2008
Conference:
Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008
Issue:
030
Article no.:
004
Pages:
59-69
No. of pages:
11
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2008-05-20
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


In this paper I compare two museums in Hungary and Romania which exhibit communism or better say; anti-communism; a subject with a strong importance for defining national identity in Eastern European countries. House of Terror Museum in Budapest; Hungary and The Memorial of The Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighetul Marmatiei; Romania are two memorial museums which ‚Äúrepresent‚ÄĚ the victimized and suffering nations ‚Äďpresented to the nowadays young generation as being abused virgins of their political past context- during communist times. Under this victimizatory discourse one can difficultly grab an essentialized fascist version of the past: same spots of terror and death for both terror regimes; fascism and communism became places of commemoration only for the victims of one: namely communism.

This work in-progress focuses mainly on a material-cultural analysis of maps and objects in exhibition rooms; images and texts presented on museums‚Äô web-sites. Since in the last hundred years; these two neighbour countries debated a lot on territories; population and history; the comparison between the two strong narrations on the recent pasts inside these two memorial-museums; is revelatory on the way ‚Äúillusionary‚ÄĚ national identities are discursively staged and narrativized. Underneath the anti-communist victimizatory narrative in these two eastern European Countries one can discover fragmented parts of the Holocaust

Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Author:
Gabriela Nicolescu Cristea
Title:
On Maps; Abused Virgins and Nations: Anti Communist Memorial Museums in Hungary and Romania
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Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Author:
Gabriela Nicolescu Cristea
Title:
On Maps; Abused Virgins and Nations: Anti Communist Memorial Museums in Hungary and Romania
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