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“Shamefulness is part of the European tradition as well”

Ágnes Heller is one of the most prominent philosophers of our time. We talked with her about her experiences during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, about the crisis in Europe and its future, and about coping with the past.

By Eva van de Rakt, Silja Schultheis

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Actors without Society: The role of civil actors in the postcommunist transformation

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Publication Series on Democracy 15: Twenty years after the epoch-making change in 1989, which affected the post-Yugoslavian space in a way entirely different from other former “real-socialist” European countries, this study is an effort toward an analytical view on the past two decades of development of civil society in the western Balkans. The study shows: Without civic engagement, there will be no changes.

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A Culture and Politics of Remembrance

The Heinrich Böll Foundation addresses issues of contemporary history with the aim to enlighten people about the fact that society, politics, and public institutions are conditioned by historical processes. We promote the development of individual liberties and encourage debate on issues to do with “justice.”

Under the header “Vergangenheitspolitik” (i.e., a politics that aims to come to terms with the past) we have, in recent years, addressed issues to do with Germany’s Nazi past and how it was dealt with in the post-war era. Furthermore, we investigate the potential relationships between interpretations of history, politics of remembrance, and the present political scene. Our contributions to a culture of remembrance aim to reflect East German as well as West German experiences.

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