Pole elected chairman of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

Robert Kostro, head of the Polish History Museum (Muzeum Historii Polski), has been elected the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity during this year’s Assemblies Meeting.

Robert Kostro is a Polish historian and journalist. In the 1980s, he joined a group within the opposition, Young Poland Movement (Ruch Młodej Polski). In the 1990s, he worked as a journalist for several newspapers and magazines.

In 1997 he was appointed director of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Prime Minister’s Office. He later became chief of staff for the minister of culture. In 2001, he was appointed deputy director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

He became the founding director of the Polish History Museum in 2006. He is a member of advisory boards of several cultural institutions, including European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, the Ossolineum Library, the European Solidarity Centre and the Ulma Family Museum.

He has published articles in numerous periodicals, including Życie, Rzeczpospolita, Rzeczy Wspolne, Wiez and Przegląd Polityczny. He is the editor of many publications including a collection of essays entitled „Pamięć i odpowiedzialność” (“Remembrance and Responsibility”), which deals with the politics of memory and „Polska od-nowa: Nowe narracje historii i muzealne reprezentacje przeszłości” (“Poland from scratch: New historical narratives and museum-based representations of the past”) on historical narratives and historical museums.

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) was created in 2005 as a joint initiative by German, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak ministers of culture. In 2014, Romania joined the structure.

The purpose of the ENRS is to document and promote the study of European 20th-century history and how it is remembered. Its fields of interest evolve around times of dictatorial regimes, wars, and resistance to oppression. The organisation supports academic research, educational projects and promotional events, through a network of international scholars and ENRS partner institutions. All program decisions are made by assemblies, the ENRS' international supervisory bodies.