«Riabinka u boinitsy»: reabilitatsiia dovoennogo proshlogo v pamiati kaliningradtsev (1970-e – 1980-e gody) | “Rowan at a Gunslot”: Rehabilitation of the Pre-War Past in Kaliningradians’ Memory (1970s-1980s)
Volume 24 (2012): Erdvių pasisavinimas Rytų Prūsijoje XX amžiuje = Appropriation of Spaces in East Prussia during the 20th Century = Prisvoenie prostranstv v Vostochnoi Prussii v dvadtsatom stoletii, pp. 92–118
Pub. online: 5 June 2012 Type: Article Open Access
5 June 2012
5 June 2012
The article analyzes the competition between the official and alternative discourses of the region’s past that formed in Kaliningrad over the 70s to the 80s of the 20th c. The author notes that, next to the efforts of the government to form a respective image of the past of the pre-war Kaliningrad Oblast, different behaviour strategies formed which enabled the preparation of the ground for the rehabilitation of the prewar cultural heritage even under the conditions of ideological dictate. The process of the formation of a mechanism of continuous interest in the past of the region is examined, and formal and informal groups that undertook to meet the interest in the years of Perestroika are characterized.