We Are What We Remember: The Open Society Archives


We are, in part, what we remember. We are, in part, our past. At any given moment we act on the basis of,
in large part, what we remember and you cannot artificially amputate certain
part of history. Otherwise, we are not able to build for ourselves
a decent, dignified future. This is why it is important. OSA stands for Open Society Archives. Originally
this was the collection of Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty. So we have an archive here which has materials in 32 languages, with documents related to violations of human rights, mass graves, ethnic cleansing. We have the archive of the International Helsinki
Federation, which was a predecessor of Human Rights Watch. The archive of Index on Censorship which is
the most important journal devoted to freedom of expression, freedom of the media. We have tens of thousands of films. Nazi propaganda films, the most horrific anti-Semitic propaganda films from the 1930’s. We have American anti-communist films from
the 1950’s. Soviet propaganda films from the 1920’s, and
so on. This is the main repository of OSA. A few
years back we used to call it the grave of communism. But it’s also the repository of human rights
violations and war crimes. This is a collection of amateur photographs
from 1989, taken from the only company for developing films. The giant mammoth company run by the state. As far as we know, this was also a way for
the communist party and the then government to control private activities of the people. We have over 140,000 amateur photographs an imprint of the Hungarian society of 1989, the year of transition from communism to democracy. I feel a deep sadness when looking at these
photos because of what the environment looked like. Because of the way we celebrated our family
events. Because of the way we lived 20 something years ago although perhaps at that time this was not so obvious. We are not only and archive, but more like
a laboratory. We are really interested in ourselves, we are self-reflective. We are
interested about the nature of documents. And you can use the archive even without coming to us. It is a tool for scholar, for researchers, for students, for forensic or legal purposes. For human rights organizations working under
extremely dangerous circumstances. So when the police raids the offices of the
human right organization in Chechnya or Zimbabwe, they do not find anything. You can in this way, merge physically dispersed archives and recreate in this digital universe physical archives that are dispersed in different physical locations in the world. Issue of the past, because of its horrific
nature, is still around us somehow it’s hovering above our head. The fact that something happened already is
not a guarantee against its return. As a historian, my duty is to try to help
all of us to understand what we did in the past, what happened to us. To learn as much as possible from it. To understand
what’s happening to us when it happens. You have to live with the feeling that anything
can happen again and again and again.

6 thoughts on “We Are What We Remember: The Open Society Archives

  1. From dossiers of the Czech secret police to photos of remains from a mass grave in Srebrenica, the Open Society Archives are a resource for a different, better future.

  2. SOROS PHILANTHROPY is an OXYMORON, THE VERY WORSE TYPE. THE MAN IS EVIL, MONEY & POWER ARE HIS SOLE GOAL!

  3. SOROS, via tax free "philanthropic" NGO's literally SHUTS DOWN MEDIA political opponents, THROUGH DIVISIVE MULTICULTURAL PC VICTIMIZATION GAMES CRUSHES MEDIA& JOURNALISTS IN HIS WAY. NO ONE BELIEVES THE MSM IN THE US ANYMORE. HE's an ANARCHIST!

  4. SOROS openly shared on 60 minutes, his boyhood NAZI COLABORATIONS, SAID HE ENJOYED IT, & it LITERALLY BUILT HIS "CHARACTER!"

  5. Watch O'Keefe's VERITAS videos showing how SECRETIVE & NOT OPEN (TAX FREE too) OSF is. SOROS's main henchman @ MEDIA MATTERS(another of his tax free anti America NGO's) has ruined so many people SOROS DISAGREED WITH through PC GORILLA WARFARE, that he is MISERABLE & CANNOT TRUST OTHERS, PROJECTING HIS MALICIOUS CHARACTER ON HIS INNOCENT VICTIMS.

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