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    In the Labyrinth of Politics of Memory

    Hitler-Stalin Pact: Shared and Divided European Perspectives and Experiences

    26 August 2020, 6 pm, online debate

    The aim of the debate is to reflect not only on the state of academic research on the genesis and consequences of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, but primarily on current historical policies and cultures of remembrance of countries experiencing the pact signed on 23 August 1939 in Moscow by Third Reich and USSR Foreign Ministers. Various war and post-war experiences in Europe have caused differences in assessment of this event in the context of the Second World War, as have today`s challenges such as racism, nationalism, intolerance, anti-Semitism and propagandistic use of history. Not without significance are different resolutions, for example, of the European parliament and numerous statements on historical policy in the context of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.



    Prof. Alvydas Nikžentaitis, Institute of the History of Lithuania

    Prof. Aline Sierp, Maastricht University

    Prof. Claudia Weber, Viadrina University, Frankfurt O.

    Prof. Andrzej Nowak, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


    Dr Małgorzata Pakier, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

    Organisers: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, Pilecki Institute, Centre for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin

    Partners: Federal Institute for History and Culture of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Oldenburg, Lithuanian Embassy in Berlin, Lithuanian Institute of History

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    The debate takes place within the series of three debates entitled ‘When Did the Second World War Begin and When Did It End? In the Maze of European Politics and Culture of Memory’

    See the whole series programme


    Campaign: Remember. August 23

    Engagement of the ENRS in the conference is but one of many activities in which our organisation strives to mark 23 August - the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes and anniversary of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.

    Learn more about the Remember. August 23 campaign



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