The Attitude of Our Societies to the Past

Exercise description

Discussion in small groups of four or five people (mixed in terms of region, nationality and age) about: “How does your community deal with a painful past?

  • What from the past is being talked about/whispered about/silenced?
  • How do people react to stories about the past?
  • How do you feel about all of it?
  • What bothers you/is missing/is painful in stories about the war?

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45-90 min


This exerciseis suitable for introducing the topic of dealing with the past. Through it, participants get an opportunity to reflect on the situation in their societies and get introduced to the dominant mechanisms in other communities when it comes to their attitude to the past.

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Dealing with the past

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