Reconstructing the memory of Transylvanian Saxons
Source document: Studia historica Brunensia. 2021, vol. 68, iss. 2, pp. 277-303
ISSN1803-7429 (print)2336-4513 (online)
The presented paper deals with the national minority of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania. It describes the historical story of the community and the importance of festivities. Based on long-term field research, it describes and analyzes the problems associated with reconstructing the ethnic identity of the community. Primarily, it focuses on the issue of social conditionality of memory. The paper presents the individual responders' recollections of the fundamental events in the community's history in the second half of the 20th century. Methodologically, it follows the tradition of ethnographic research, building on theoretical concepts of ethnicity (T. H. Eriksen, B. Anderson, A. D. Smith) and memory studies (M. Halbwachs, J. Assmann, P. Nora).