Yorgos Tzedopoulos, How do we remember history?

Memory is what we remember. But what do we remember? We don't remember everything that we saw or heard or felt. We remember a part of it. Memory is selective. Our minds choose what to remember and what to forget. This is not done consciously; we do not decide what to remember and what to forget. There are things every one of us would like to forget, but canąt. Unpleasant memories, things we wish had not happened to us, memories that make us sad or shameful. And there are also happy times that we have forgotten and suddenly something reminds us of them and we say to ourselves: "How could I forget such a thing!". It is true that we do not decide consciously what to forget and what to remember. But there is something inside us that makes this selection. This psychological process is very, very complex and varies from one person to another, but there are some important common characteristics:
We remember things that were important to us when they happened; we remember things that were emotionally powerful, that made us feel acute sadness, pride, hate, joy, fear or compassion; we remember things that were somehow different from the everyday routine, exceptional; and we remember things that were relevant not only to us, but to others as well.
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Michel Warlas, Genealogy and Public History at the Foundation of the Hellenic World

The Foundation of the Hellenic World is an institution that addresses to the wide public. This means that through its work it attempts to embrace all age groups and to address to all the social and educational groups of the population. The main objective of the Genealogy Department is initially to strengthen the historical memory of all Greeks through the examination of their personal and family history. Everybody can participate in our activity, irrespective of their origin and whether they are famous or not, that is why it is a programme that is carried out in cooperation with the public.
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