Interview: ‘Histories of countries are base of their citizens’ identity’

Rafał Rogulski, director of the European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity, spoke about the importance of discussing 20th century history and the role that his institution plays in this process.

The European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) was created in 2005 as a joint initiative of Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Its office is located in Warsaw.

In the interview, Mr Rogulski discussed the importance of analysing 20th century history and understanding different perceptions that each country has of those events, a mission which underpinned the ENRS’s establishment.

He also talked about one of the exhibitions of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, titled “After the Great War”, which presented the events within five years after WWI in the eyes of various nations. “Our idea was to show not only the narrative about the events … but also to show different acts of remembrance of the same moment in different countries,” Mr Rogulski said.

Why is it so important to understand the history of our neighbours? How does the ENRS influence the contemporary historical discussion? And what pushed four countries to establish such an institution?

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