Commemoration without borders
European Commemoration II
Lecture and Panel Discussion
2015 is the year of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. As a turning point and a foundation of European unification and agreements, this commemorative event is little disputed. Nevertheless, there are several different evaluations, interpretations, and narratives concerning WWII. Outside of expert circles, these interpretations are barely known. An elaboration of these different and sometimes dividing narratives is crucial to understand current policies and conflicts, e.g. in Eastern Europe. Since a multi-perspective and critical engagement with the history has a big potential to prevent and defuse conflicts.
Our aim is to provide an effective discussion and exchange forum to create a common area of knowledge. We will seek to shed light on the opportunities and limitations of a shared culture of memory. The particular background of each participant will help shape the understanding of the multitude of perspectives on the memory of the European war with its singularities and its commonalities.
A conference by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). Funding of the German Federal Foreign Office. Cooperation Partner: Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, DGO (German Association for East European Studies). Media cooperation: Deutsche Welle (DW).
Veranstaltungsprogramm (PDF, 479 kB)