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Authors:Gabriela Nicolescu Cristea: University of London, UK
Publication title:On Maps; Abused Virgins and Nations: Anti Communist Memorial Museums in Hungary and Romania
Conference:Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18–20 February 2008
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:030
Article No.:004
Abstract: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 “represent” the victimized and suffering nations –presented 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’ 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 “illusionary” 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

Language:English
Year:2008
No. of pages:11
Pages:59-69
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/030/004/ecp0830004.pdf
Available:2008-05-20
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Gabriela Nicolescu Cristea (2008). On Maps; Abused Virgins and Nations: Anti Communist Memorial Museums in Hungary and Romania, Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18–20 February 2008 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=030;article=004 (accessed 11/23/2014)