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Inherited Memories

​This website focuses on events related to the Partition of Bengal of 1947. It intends to be an open resource for researchers and people who want to learn about this important part of history which forced over 8 million people to migrate because of a political decision. In this day and age we feel that an openly accessible archive is important so that each person can access and build their own opinion on these events.

My parents' world

Homepage © Goethe-Institut Kolkata & Bangladesh/Design:Sharanya Chattopadhyay

3rd generation remembers Bengal Partition

Three generations have passed since the Partition of Bengal. The Goethe-Institutes in Kolkata and Dhaka present the five months project "Inherited Memories". It focuses on inherited memories of the third generation post partition, how it affects millions of people still today, shapes their minds and views of "the other Bengal" and what role the culture of memory plays in coming to terms with the passed on traumata.

Chitmahal — Indo-Bangladesh Enclaves

Chhitmahal © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata/Design:Sharanya Chattopadhyay

First-Hand Narratives

Some Bengalis have changed their nationality three times or even more often since the Partition — without moving. Listen to this first audio-archive of first-hand narratives of inhabitants of the Chitmahals whose villages became a cue-ball of history.

Longing and Belonging

Longing and Belonging © ICRC registration form issued to a Geneva camp resident. Source: Khalid Hussain

Chronicles of Longing and Belonging

Longing and Belonging assembles narratives of 1947 partition by a section of Dhaka residents who experienced or were affected by that course of history. The project presents a collection of interviews and visual materials to trace the contours of those negotiations and attachments and to establish, in their fluid state, how a place makes subjects and subjects make a place.

Resources on Bengal Partition

Resources © Goethe-Institut Kolkata & Bangladesh/Design:Sharanya Chattopadhyay


A listing of books, films and various media on the Partition of Bengal.


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