The History We Create: Collective Memory and Jewish Museums in Central and Eastern Europe
Constructing a historical narrative inherently involves choosing which stories matter and which ones do not, a determination made by people with preconceptions of history and implicit biases. The history presented in museums is a reflection of the collective memory of those that control the museum rather than objective history. Analysis of the narratives presented in Jewish Museums in Berlin, Warsaw, and Moscow reflects how collective memory impacts the way that history is interpreted and presented as objective truth. Understanding the inherent relationship between collective memory and historical narratives in museums highlights the importance of constantly reevaluating and reinterpreting the stories we tell ourselves about our past.