Searching for a Way to Share History

A recent meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany and Poland may have signaled the start of a rapprochement among three countries with fundamentally different narratives of World War II.

Any such process would ultimately mean Russia confronting its past, particularly Stalinist crimes and the gulags, and reassessing its role as victim and victor during and after World War II. It would also mean Russia embracing the European idea of dealing with memory and the past, now so much a part of the European identity.


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