The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past. “Religious orders retain their archives. There is no palpable pressure on them to hand them over, nor is there a dedicated public institution to manage the files if they did. Official Ireland still adopts an ad hoc approach to its past, limiting any chance of coherent research or public education on our vanished Catholic past…. It would be wrong to compare Catholic Ireland and communist East Germany, but Ireland’s approach to its collective past today jars with how East Germans sometimes at real risk to themselves and their families took ownership of the Stasi files and their past. Twice.”

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