Kumrovec Revisited: Tito’s Birthday Party in the Twenty-first Century, An Ethnological Study
The topic we are dealing with is the collective memory expressed through the commemorative Day of Youth Festival in Kumrovec in 2004. The questions we are raising are: What happens when the past we honour turns infamous and the memories we cherished become stigmatized and tabooed? How then do we reconcile these memories and, more importantly, how do we express this changed attitude? What happens to the place, once declared the central topos of socialist ideology and the cradle in which “the greatest son of our nations and nationalities” was rocked, in a new ideological framework? Our focus is both on the ways in which the era is celebrated by those who participate, as well as on a more structured understanding of the process that Kumrovec has undergone the last 60 years.