MEMO Study

With "MEMO Germany - Multidimensional Memory Monitor", the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence Bielefeld (IKG) has been researching since 2018 what, how and for what citizens of Germany historically remember. The aim is an empirical documentation of the culture of remembrance prevailing in Germany, recorded in the form of a representative opinion survey addressed to a cross-section of the population.

Figure from Memo 2021

  • More than 80%

    of the respondents deny, that their ancestors had forced laborers working at their companies, in their households, or on their farms. (MEMO-Study 2021)

One particular focus is on remembering the Shoah and the persecution, eviction and extermination of individual people and groups of people during the National Socialist era. MEMO Germany shows what is historically significant for citizens and their own attitudes towards the culture of remembrance. Numerous debates take place concerning the state of the culture of remembrance in relation to National Socialism. MEMO provides data on which culture of remembrance is reflected in citizens' perceptions and experiences. This is intended to make the debates more objective. The assessments obtained by inquiries also provide impetus for contemporary historical-political education in Germany.

Studies and focus reports

All studies are also available in German and some in Russian. In 2020 and 2021, a focus report summarizing the most important findings has also been published. 

MEMO Study 2022

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Corinna Jentzsch

Senior Project Manager

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-26

Katrin Kowark

Head of Communications

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-24

Head of Project at IKG Institute

Michael Papendick, Project Manager for the IKG/FGZ study at Institute IKG (Intitut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung, IKG) Bielefeld