Alan Dein’s ‘Memory Wars’ Radio Documentary

Posted on 16/05/2011 by


In this two-part documentary, first broadcast in September 2010, Alan Dein explores how oral history collides with the official version that has been committed to history books – particularly in nations where the outcome is still bitterly contested.

Dein, along with Italian historian Alessandro Portelli, explains that what has been crucial in all these projects has been the training and empowerment of local voices – not just professional oral historians – to gather intimate and sometimes disturbing stories within their own communities. He hears voices of experience from across the globe and from those using oral history to challenge the past.

Two-part radio programme to listen to on-line or download available here