A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF THE BANJICA CONCENTRATION CAMP

The Museum of the Banjica Concentration Camp, Pavla Jurišića Šturma street 33, Belgrade

13. 07. 2017 13:00

With guided expert tour

We are inviting all interested persons to join us for a visit to the Museum of the Banjica Concentration Camp in order to remember the victims of terror inflicted by occupation and collaborationist forces during the WW2, as well as to discuss capacities and conceptions of this kind of institutions in the times of unscientific revisionism of the WW2 history in Yugoslavia.

Some of the issues concerning the establishment and the purpose, as well as control and tragic outcomes of this and other concentration camps are still being discussed among scientists and experts, motivated less by legitimate scientific reasons and more by the problematic political ones. With this visit we want to "reacquaint" ourselves with those issues, as well as with the current relation between the state and society towards historization and representation of the existence and the functioning of this concentration camp as it is reflected in the permanent display that is going to be presented by one of the museum's curators.

Photograph: The communist leaders from Čačak moments before their execution on Banjica, 1942

source: https://sh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logor_Banjica

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This visit represents the first activity in the new one-year project of our center entitled "FASCISM, MUSEALIZATION AND EDUCATION TODAY" within which we continue to organize discussions, support research and making of publications that, in our opinion, add up to a better understanding and knowledge of some important issues and problems of contemporary cultural and political life.

We are also reminding you that our tele-seminar "How Fascism Comes into Being" is still active and that you can join in by calling 061 652 48 68, 062 890 2164, 063 848 36 34, 064 089 00 86, or 065 602 54 88, and with the help of our coworkers discuss fascism as historical and contemporary phenomenon. How could fascism cease to exist? How would or should a world without fascism look like? Is that world possible at all and under which conditions?

Your call will help us to better shape our numerous future activities within our project. You can find more information on the programs that we have realized in the past and whose results and experiences we use in this telephone seminar on:

http://rex.b92.net/sr/ovogmeseca/tribineDebate/story/6229/+Tele-info+seminar%3A+Kako+nestaje+fa%C5%A1izam.html

Organization and production: The Rex Cultural Center/B92 Fund

The project is realized with the support of the Open Society Fund Serbia.

The Project FASCISM, MUSEALIZATION AND EDUCATION TODAY

The goal of the project is to provide insights, documentation and critical analyses of the contemporary national, regional and typical European practices of musealization and historization of fascism, as well as of the formal education on historical and contemporary forms of fascist ideologies and movements. By way of lectures, seminars, historical lessons, research visits, exhibition tours and other research and presentational activities we are offering an overview of the capacities, principles and methods of current historical and educational politics concerning fascism. The project is indirectly dedicated to unifying, condensing and applying scientific, artistic and activist practices and knowledge that have developed in relation to the recent period of reaffirmation of neo-fascist and "post-fascist" ideas, ideologies and politics on the European as well as world political and cultural scene.

The project is being realized in the time when multiple European countries are experiencing coming to power, or striving to do so, of political parties and social movements that use smaller or bigger portions of historical fascist movements' repertoire. Judging by various research projects, this phenomenon is the result of powerful currents of relativization or even negation of the history of fascist movements, either in terms of their ideological foundations or political militarist activities, and this is visible in trends promoted by various institutional, educational, media, and other political and cultural practices. The project strives to detect such trends and to critically-analytically present them to the public thus introducing potential correctives for the existing state of affairs.

The project endeavors, giving its potentials and formats, to map the current state of affairs in musealization and historization of fascism as well as to summarize certain experiences of the past political, activist, media and scientific activities and results in this field. The project points to and focuses on a need for rearticulating the concepts and goals of struggle against the obliviousness towards the history of fascism within institutional and overall public discourse and public space. Therefore, the project tries to bring about compiling and reaffirming of the best experiences in countering the erasure and suppression of the history of struggles against fascism and neo-fascism.

The project's mission is to stimulate a broad array of expert and activist potentials for providing critical responses to all forms of hegemony that favors the development of fascism and neo-fascism.