Julie Fedor, Simon Lewis and Tatiana Zhurzhenko. War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

This introductory essay, an adapted translation (from English) of an opening chapter of an edited volume, begins with a discussion of World War II memory in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, in light of the recent and ongoing war in Ukraine. It outlines the main contours of the interplay between “memory wars” and real war, and the important “post-Crimean” qualitative shift in local memory cultures in this connection. Next, the essay sketches out the specifics of the war memory landscapes of the region, and then of each of the three individual countries, before moving on to introduce the key organizing themes and findings of the book.