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July 21, 2015

Sites of Conscience: Memory-Dialogue-Action

type: Donation, Project, Volunteering
by: Deniz Zehra Tavli

The need to remember often competes with the equally strong pressure to forget. Even with the best of intentions, erasing the past can prevent new generations from learning critical lessons while forever compromising opportunities to build a peaceful future.

Without safe spaces to remember and preserve these memories, the stories of elderly survivors of atrocity can vanish when they pass away; societies that have overcome conflicts may never seek justice for fear of re-opening old wounds; and the families of the disappeared may never find answers.

But these memories belong to us all. Their stories are our stories and their history is our history. This is why the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice, exists.

Support the work of Sites of Consience by donating, volunteering or organizing an event in your local community.