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Peter J. Verovšek

tradition, in collective existence as well as private life. It is less the product of facts firmly anchored in memory than of a convergence in memory of accumulated and frequently unconscious data.’ 21 Authentic experiences are thus always defined within communal frameworks or ‘experience rooted in tradition.’ 22 Despite its importance, memory is a singularly unreliable faculty. The fragility of recall highlights the distinction between what Aleida Assmann calls ‘communicative and cultural memory’ ( kommunikatives und kulturelles Gedächtnis ). 23 Both forms are

in Memory and the future of Europe