Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum will represent Lithuania in the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity


2021 02 03

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Lithuania has been officially accepted to the observer group of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), and in this organisation our country will be represented by Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum. 

Its director Marius Pečiulis is participating in the activities of the network’s advisory council. The next meeting of the advisory council is scheduled for tomorrow, 4 February. 

The European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2005 which focuses on academic research, exhibitions, research visits and other activities to foster the dialogue on the 20th century European history and to contribute to the establishment of a shared European culture of remembrance which is based on the spirit of mutual trust. Special attention is given to the history of dictatorships, wars and social resistance. 

“I believe that the opportunity to cooperate with the partners of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity will contribute to a better understanding of historical memory, open new perspectives and points of view, encourage sorely needed public discussions, and provide the possibility for both Lithuania and Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum to be more visible and heard in the international sphere,” the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys said. 

According to the Director of Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum Marius Pečiulis, the societal transformations inspired by the traumatic experiences of the 20th century history as well as the turning points of harmonious development keep many people engaged with the subject to this day, while the issues related to those topics that end up in the public discourse in many cases reverberate through society and diverge from the search for constructive dialogue. 

“Participation in the aforementioned organisation is highly important to Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum, which represents the most problematic periods of the 20th century history of Lithuania. The subjects presented in the museum are not limited to just the narrow local experience of our country, they are also deeply engraved in the narratives of other countries as well. In order to find the answers to the questions that we care about, we must pose them and be heard in the international arena. We hope that Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum will receive this opportunity while participating in the activities of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity,” Mr. Pečiulis stated. 

The ENRS has confirmed its approval and its wish to cooperate with Lithuania after taking into account the Minister of Culture’s inquiry regarding Lithuania joining this network sent in late 2020. Lithuania has been accepted to the ENRS as an observer member state. This status should be valid for two years. In order to strengthen cooperation between institutions, it will be sought for our country to become a full-fledged member of the network.