On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the first part of the online panel discussion entitled “Between
Memory and Oblivion” was held. As an introduction to the panel, Ivo Pejaković, director of the
Jasenovac memorial site, and Aneta Vladimirov, from the Serbian National Council and
member of the Council of the Jasenovac memorial site, presented the situation of the
Jasenovac memorial site and the need to strengthen this institution, which is the only one in
Croatia that systematically deals with the heritage of the Second World War. Thomas Porena,
researcher of the organization Topografia per la storia, presented the biography of Bruno Prister,
a survivor of a prisoner interned in several conentration camps during the Holocaust. The
discussion was moderated by Vesna Teršelič, Director of Documenta – Center for Dealing with
The second part of the panel, dedicated to improving cooperation between memorial areas,
educational institutions and museums, will be held on September 27, 2022.
The panel is part of the project “Between memory and oblivion: WWII places of memory”,
developed by Documenta and European partners: MMH Dachau and the University of
Regensburg (Germany), Associazione 4704 and Topografia per la storia (Italy), APIS Institute
and Social Academy (Slovenia), to stimulate debate on World War II memorial sites (former
concentration camps, forced labor camps, execution sites, prisons, locations of resistance…)
and to confront abandonment of these places, as well as the forgetting stories of victims and
survivors, which we often face.
The project is funded by the European Union, through the Europe for Citizens program.
The recording is available at the link: https://youtu.be/z21sEOYa8Pk
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