This essay aims to share with the readers of The Public Historian some of the challenges, thoughts, and conclusions that I encountered as a historian during the planning and execution of content for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. As the essay illustrates, this extraordinary project sat at the intersection of a troubled history, widely divergent popular memories and national narratives, and divisive contemporary politics. The essay’s possible uses are twofold: first, it offers insight for professionals into the intricacies of creating a large-scale, historically accurate museum in a complex political environment in today’s Russia; second, it may help give some guidance to historians who find themselves in similar scenarios.

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