European Remembrance Symposium in Berlin

European Remembrance Symposium in Berlin

The second Symposium of European institutions dealing with 20th-century history starts October 10

The second international European Remembrance symposium will take place on 10-12 October in Berlin. Almost 200 representatives from 120 institutions and non-governmental organisations focussing on 20th-century history from 23 European countries will discuss the form and nature of the contemporary culture of remembrance and associated historical education. The event is organised by European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship, and the European Solidarity Centre.

This year’s symposium is entitled ‘How much transnational cooperation does European remembrance require? Caesuras and parallels in Europe’, and will be opened with two keynote addresses: by Keith Lowe, a British historian and writer, author of Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, and by Prof. Dr Hab. Andrzej Paczkowski of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Collegium Civitas, who will discuss the various ways in which historical memory and remembrance are shaped in Eastern and Western Europe.

During the three-day event, delegates will take part in discussions and hear addresses by historians and researchers focussing on 20th-century remembrance, including lectures on the landmark events for European history in 1914, 1939 and 1989, given by Prof. Dan Diner (Leipzig University, Simon-Dubnow-Institut) and György Dalos, a Hungarian historian and writer living in Berlin. The final lecture will be given by German political scientist and politician Gesine Schwan.

A detailed conference programme can be found online at


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