Chandra Lekha Sriram in Germany for Fieldwork

Posted by: Elizabeth Rhoads

5th August 2015

In July 2015, Chandra Lekha Sriram conducted research and interviews for the project in Berlin, several with project co-director Anja Mihr. While the interviews were limited and part of ongoing team research, several observations are notable.  First, while the opening of Stasi files has been significant for victims and perpetrators alike, it is not understood generally as a transitional justice mechanism, nor do experts view it as having specific effects upon key elements of democratic institution-building.  Second, that while memorials and museums, similarly, have had particular significance for victims, they are also not viewed by experts as having impact for democratic development.  Finally, that reunification was a critical factor for political changes and reforms, and that while each country’s experience is unique, the experience of one country effectively ending and being absorbed into a larger whole is distinct from other transitional experiences.