Rethinking Soviet Past

Rethinking the Soviet Past

(pilot project) In 2017 the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation will support institutional development of the Soviet Past Research Laboratory (SOVLAB). Goal of the pilot project is to promote issues related to Georgia’s Soviet past through mobilizing SovLab's resources.

Debates on "Rethinking Soviet Past"

Stalin's photo

“For Georgians, Stalin is more of a national icon rather than a political ideal,” stated sociologist Iago Kachkachishvili with regard to his evaluation of his research results.

All Public Debates on "Rethinking Soviet Past"

Projects and Events

(ongoing project) A non-governmental organization Cooperation for Peace and Progress (CPP) in partnership with the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation continues a project Lectures in Gori: the “Unknown” Soviet Past in 2017.

The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation announces the first results of the Call for Project Proposals for 2017.

South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation announces call for Project Proposals for 2017.

(ongoing project) TASO Foundation in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office implements project “Soviet Trauma” in Rural Women’s Memory.

(closed project) In 2016 The Soviet Past Research Laboratory (SOVLAB) implemented the project Forgotten History - Memory between Defiance and Collaboration in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office.

(closed project) Cooperation for Peace and Progress (CPP) in partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation continued implementation of the project Lectures in Gori: the "Unknown" Soviet Past in 2016.

(closed project) Initiative Unknown Stories of the Soviet Gori by the Cooperation for Peace and Progress has emerged from the project Lectures in Gori: the “Unknown” Soviet Past supported by the HBS in January-June 2015.

(closed project) A non-governmental organization Cooperation for Peace and Progress (CPP) in partnership with the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation implemented a project Lectures in Gori: the “Unknown” Soviet Past.

Workshop "Keep the History"

Seven Months after the first meeting of 14 Georgian researchers within the workshop on oral history methodology the results of the project were presented at the Europe House in Tbilisi on November 11, 2014.

(closed project) The goal of the project implemented in June-October, 2014 was to publish the Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy D. Snyder in Georgian. The given book which was awarded a 2013 Hannah Arendt prize is a highly original treatment of the atrocities Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia committed in the territory between them — what are now the modern Baltic countries, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and a portion of Russia.

The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted the first round of the workshops on Oral History methodology on April 11-12, 2014.

(closed project) In April, 2014 Soviet Past Research Laboratory (SovLab) with financial support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office has started implementation of the project "XX century Georgia in twenty snapshots"

(closed project) In 2011-13 Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in cooperation with International Society “Memorial” (Russian Federation) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia with financial support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia and Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office implemented a project "Stalin's lists from Georgia." The group of researchers was searching and analyzing information about the 1937-38 “Great Terror” victims for more than 2 years.

Three years after Stalin’s death, Nikita Khrushchev condemned the cult of Stalin and values that had been at the core of the Soviet experience for a period of at least 30 years. His secret speech shook the Party at its foundations.

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49 photos and 3 essays presented in catalogue “Playing with Statues: Stalin Here and Now” is the imprint of the Soviet regime on modern Georgia. This regime had been waging the war against its own people for decades by persecuting its own citizens, restricting their freedom of speech, choice and movement, spying and using violence against them.

On April 15, 2011 the Heinrich Boell Foundation organized a presentation at the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia to mark the donation of a collection of publications and academic papers on Soviet history to the National Library.

Which places show the developments of the 1930s? Which places are particularly valuable? Where were the orders signed? Where were they carried out? Where did the hidden history of the city happen?

Web dossier

Debating the totalitarian part of a country’s history is a precondition to shape the transition process dedicated to democratic values. To help overcome these legacies of the past, the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office (HBF) has a new initiative to develop new projects on rethinking the Soviet Past. To set up the projects, the HBF and partners are drawing on international expertise, in both coming to terms with a dictatorial past and in engaging the public with such difficult questions.

Stalin's lists on Georgia

Publication

The Stalin Puzzle: Deciphering Post-Soviet Public Opinion

South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation presents Georgian translation of publication "The Stalin Puzzle: Deciphering Post-Soviet Public Opinion" published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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