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    “What’s the point of history… if we never learn?”

    Dialogue, Remembrance and Solidarity in Europe. New Challenges for Public History and Historical Education

    16-17 October 2023
    Humboldt Forum, Schloßplatz 10178 Berlin,
    Entrance through Portal 3, Saal 1

    Almost 80 years after the Second World War and 25 after the war in former Yugoslavia, fighting continues in Europe yet again.
    The Russian attack on Ukraine has challenged our certainty that we have learned the right lessons from the past.

    This is accompanied by the awareness that individual local and national experiences still lead to tensions despite the foundation of shared European values. Heterogeneity in the culture of memory exists not only between European countries but also within them as different social groups represent divergent historical narratives. Diverse outlooks on the past shape the perception of the present and influence political actions across Europe.

    The politics of memory of any given country is not always identical with the memory policy of civil society. Occasionally even the discourse about a common European past that began at the turn of the millennium, serving as the foundation of a European community able to act in unison, seems to be called into question. Given such diversity of experiences, is a common memory possible at all? Can national interests and international solidarity be reconciled? And last but not least: what challenges do European practices of remembrance and historical education face in the light of the migratory movements of recent years?

    The Berlin event aims to showcase the diversity of perspectives that serve as a basis for discussing the current challenges for history teaching in public spaces and historical education. During the forum, we wish to focus on a shared conversation about the past and its importance for seeking the truth, peace, democracy, freedom and tolerance, as well as for a remembrance that respects differences, looks for connections and strengthens understanding and solidarity in Europe.

    The forum will be attended by politicians and representatives of cultural educational institutions, as well as actors in the field of historical and political education.

    Admission is free.


    16 October 2023 (Monday)

    14.00–14.30 - Opening and Welcome Speeches
    Hartmut Dorgerloh, Humboldt Forum, Berlin
    Rafał Rogulski, ENRS, Warsaw
    Matthias Weber, BKGE, Oldenburg

    Claudia Roth, Member of Parliament, German Minister of State for Culture and the Media

    14.30–14.45 - Film Screening: Sound in the Silence  

    14.45–16.30 Panel Discussion 1: ‘Do We Ever Learn from History? Challenges for the 21st Century’
    Johannes Schraps, Member of German Parliament, Berlin
    Villano Qiriazi, Council of Europe, Education Department, Strasbourg
    Dan Wolf, Artistic Director of ‘Sound in the Silence’, Berkeley (online)
    Alexandra Mészáros, participant in ‘Sound in the Silence’ 2022 in Kaunas, Budapest

    Moderation: Marek Zając, journalist and publicist, International Auschwitz Council, Warsaw

    16.30–17.00 Coffee Break

    17.00–19.00 Panel Discussion 2: ‘Migration Societies and European Memory’
    Patrick Simon, French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), Paris
    Agnieszka Kosowicz, Polish Migration Forum Foundation, Warsaw
    Nadette Foley, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree
    Dima Albitar Kalaji, Author, Journalist, wearedoingit e.V., Damascus/Berlin

    Moderation: Laura Balomiri, University of Vienna, Centre for Translation Studies, Vienna

    19.3022.00 Reception
    The reception will take place at the Romanian Embassy

    (Dorotheenstraße 62-66, 10117 Berlin)


    Her Excellency Adriana-Loreta Stănescu, Ambassador of Romania to Germany
    Florin Abraham, Head of the ENRS Steering Committee, Bukarest
    Markus Meckel, Former Foreign Minister, Former Member and Chair of the Advisory Board of ENRS, Berlin

    German–Ukrainian Jazz Trio, Hamburg
    Christopher Olesch (vibraphone), Rostyslav Voitko (saxophone), Magnus Bodzin (double bass)

    17 October 2023 (Tuesday)

    10.00–10.30 Opening lecture: ‘Remembrance and Solidarity in Europe: Challenges of Antagonistic Memories’   
    Georgiy Kassianov, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin

    10.30–12.15 Panel Discussion 3: ‘National Interests and Transnational Solidarity’
    Luigi Cajani, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome
    Eva-Clarita Pettai, Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena
    Géraldine Schwarz, journalist and author, Berlin
    Jan Rydel, Pedagogical University Kraków, ENRS Steering Committee, Kraków

    Alain Lamassoure, Council of Europe, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, Strasbourg

    Moderation: Paul Ingendaay, journalist FAZ, Berlin

    12.15–13.15 Lunch Break

    13.15–14.45 Parallel Sessions
    Experts’ talks and meeting with practitioners working in the field of historic education and memorial places

    Session 1: ‘Remembrance and Education on the Internet and in Other Media’
    Paweł Sawicki, Auschwitz Memorial, Katowice
    Marlene Wöckinger, TikTok creator, educator, Mauthausen Memorial, Linz
    Vjeran Pavlaković, University Rijeka, Department of Cultural Studies, Zagreb
    Alina Gorlova, film director and producer, Kyiv

    Moderation: Ulrich Herrmann, author and commissioning editor SWR, Baden-Baden

    Session 2: ‘Remembrance at Sites of Memory and in Urban Spaces’
    Axel Klausmeier, Berlin Wall Foundation, Berlin
    Chantal Kesteloot, Cegesoma/State Archives, Brussels
    Robert Kostro, Polish History Museum Warsaw, Warsaw
    József Mélyi, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Fine Art
    Theory Department, Budapest

    Moderation: Constanze Itzel, House of European History, Brussels

    Session 3: ‘Remembrance and Dealing with Conflicted Topics and Parties’
    Oriol López-Badell, European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), Barcelona
    Łukasz Kamiński, Ossolineum Library Wrocław, Wrocław
    Kamil Nedvědický, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR), Prague
    Aurora Ailincai, Council of Europe, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, Strasbourg

    Moderation: Andrea Despot, Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ), Berlin

    14.45–15.15 Coffee Break

    15.15–16.15 Presentation of the Sessions by the Moderators and Closing Remarks
    Matthias Weber, BKGE, Oldenburg
    Rafał Rogulski, ENRS, Warsaw


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    Aurora Ailincai

    Council of Europe, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, Strasbourg

    Dr Aurora Ailincai joined the Council of Europe (CoE) in 2003 within the Directorate of Education, where she was responsible for inclusive intercultural education. From 2010 to 2020, she was head of the Strategic Partnerships Unit and Deputy Head of Division within the Roma and Travellers Team of the CoE. Ailincai co-ordinated several pan-European programmes focusing on: local governance and active citizenship; promotion of inclusive education; teaching Roma and Traveller history; and the Remembrance of the Roma Holocaust. Since April 2021 she has been the executive director of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe and head of the History Education and Schools of Political Studies Division, and since 2009 has been a visiting lecturer in several universities including the University of the West Indies and Guyana and the University of French Polynesia.

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    Oriol López-Badell

    Historian and International Relations Officer, European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), Barcelona

    Oriol López-Badell is a historian and international relations officer, working as coordinator of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) at University of Barcelona Solidarity Foundation. He has a long trajectory in promoting international networking in the academic and institutional fields. Currently, he is in charge of programming joint activities with foreign partners and keeping relations with international organisations. Oriol is also active in research and the dissemination of cultural and memorial heritage, having curated several exhibitions and public events linked to the history of the city of Barcelona in recent years.

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    Laura Balomiri

    Lecturer at the Centre for Translation Studies, University of Vienna

    Laura Balomiri has been a lecturer at the Centre for Translation Studies at the University of Vienna since 2017, specialising in intercultural competence and Romanian cultural studies, respectively. She grew up in Bucharest and Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania. After studying English, Communication and German Studies in Vienna and Exeter (UK), she worked as a cultural mediator on numerous projects between Romania and Austria, taught at the German Department of the University of Exeter, and returned to Sibiu/Hermannstadt in 2004 for five years as a lecturer for the Austrian Academic Exchange Service (ÖAD).

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    Luigi Cajani


    Luigi Cajani has been professor for early modern history at the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2001 he coordinated the Commission of the Italian Ministry of Education for the reform of the history, geography and social sciences curricula for primary schools. From 2012 to 2018 he was president of the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education. Together with Helen Mu Hung Ting, he recently edited Negotiating Ethnic Diversity and National Identity in History Education: International and Comparative Perspectives (Cham, 2023)

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    Andrea Despot


    Andrea Despot has been the CEO of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) since 1 June 2020. She is a political scientist who holds a doctorate in Eastern European history. Despot is an expert in the region’s society and history as well as in historical political education, the culture(s) of remembrance in Europe and their contribution to European integration.

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    Nadette Foley

    Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree

    Nadette Foley is a mediator. At the Multi-Cultural Resource Centre-Northern Ireland, Nadette worked within the human rights context created by the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. In 2016 Nadette set up Glencree’s Intercultural and Refugee Programme. She runs self-care trauma healing training for refugees and refugee advocates and she works with Irish Muslim and African Irish communities on intercultural relations dialogue. Nadette is commencing work relating to the de-colonising of museum collections in Dublin and Belfast liaising with diaspora from the artefacts’ countries of origin.

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    Alina Gorlova

    film director and producer

    Born and raised in Ukraine, Alina Gorlova graduated from Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. Ten years ago, she co-founded a production company, Tabor. The documentary, No Obvious Signs, she directed won the MDR film award for best Eastern European film at DOK Leipzig. Alina was a 2019 Berlinale Talents and Eurodoc 2020 participant. Her latest documentary, This Rain Will Never Stop (2020), won the award for Best First Appearance at IDFA, the Best Feature award at Festival dei Popoli (Florence), as well as other awards at Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, goEast Film Festival (Wiesbaden), One World (Jeden svět) in Prague, Ice Docs FF (Iceland) and Las Palmas FF (Spain).

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    Ulrich Herrmann

    Author and commissioning editor at SWR, Baden-Baden

    Ulrich Herrmann works at South West Broadcasting (SWR) in the Film and Planning Department as head of editing for the Tatort television series. He is also responsible for television films and cinema co-productions (including Toni Erdmann). Herrmann has worked as a freelance screenwriter since 2006 and has been a member of the German Academy of Performing Arts since 2018. Together with Susanne Gebhardt (SWR) and Lydia Leipert (BR), he was responsible for the historical Instagram project @IchbinSophieScholl (2021/22).

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    Paul Ingendaay

    Journalist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Berlin

    Paul Ingendaay, born in 1961, lives in Berlin as a Europe correspondent in the arts section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). From 1998 to 2013 he was FAZ’s cultural correspondent from Madrid. He received the Aspekte Literature Prize for his novel Warum du mich verlassen hast (2006) and was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize. His latest publications are a novel Königspark (2019) and Gebrauchsanweisung für Spanien (updated new edition 2021).

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    Constanze Itzel


    Constanze Itzel has been director of the House of European History in Brussels since 2017. She helped create the museum as an adviser and curator from 2009 to 2017. Her PhD thesis explores the impact of the late medieval image debate on art. Constanze has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Heidelberg and as a curator at the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, and has been a freelancer and intern in five other museums in Germany and France. Since 2005, she has worked in Brussels, first as a researcher and later as a committee administrator for the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, and then on the House of European History.

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    Dima Albitar Kalaji

    Author and Journalist, wearedoingit, Damascus/Berlin

    Dima Albitar Kalaji was born in Damascus in 1982 and has been living in exile in Berlin since 2013. She has written articles in various international newspapers. In 2012 she co-founded Radio SouriaLi, one of the leading radio stations in Syria after 2011. In cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, she produced the bilingual podcast Syrmania. In 2020, in cooperation with rbb Kultur, she produced the podcast (W)Ortwechseln- Weiter Schreiben Briefe for the action alliance WIR MACHEN DAS. Since 2017 she has also worked as an editor and curator for various projects, including ‘Writing On’ and ‘Living Archive – Coping with Dictatorship’. In 2022 Sukultur published her correspondence with Ramy Al-Asheq.

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    Łukasz Kamiński

    Director of the National Ossoliński Institute (Ossolineum), Wrocław

    Łukasz Kamiński is a historian, specialising in the history of communism and anticommunist resistance. He is assistant professor at University of Wrocław and director of National Ossoliński Institute in Wrocław. He worked for the Institute of National Remembrance (2000–16), and was its president from 2011 to 2016. He was the president of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience from 2017 to 2021 and with Grzegorz Waligóra was the co-editor of six volumes on the history of Solidarity (Warsaw, 2010).

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    Georgiy Kassianov

    Head of the Laboratory of International Memory Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin

    Until 2021 Georgiy Kasianov was head of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of the History of Ukraine. He is an author, co-author, editor and co-editor of more than 20 monographs and collections of essays and about 200 articles on the history of Ukraine from the 19th to 21st century, the history of Ukrainian intelligentsia, the history of ideas and the politics of memory in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia. His most recent monograph is Memory Crash: Politics of History in and around Ukraine (Budapest/Vienna/New York, 2022).

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    Chantal Kesteloot

    Cegesoma/State Archives, Brussels

    Chantal Kesteloot is a member of the permanent staff of CegeSoma/State Archive ( She is in charge of the Department of Public History. Her main fields of interest are the history of Brussels and the representation of the past in public spaces, focusing mainly on the First and the Second World Wars and, more recently, on the colonial past. She also coordinates the website

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    Axel Klausmeier


    Axel Klausmeier studied art history, modern and medieval history in Bochum, Munich and Berlin and subsequently worked as an assistant at the Department of Monument Conservation of the BTU Cottbus with a research focus on ‘Uncomfortable Monuments’. Between 2001 and 2003 he documented the remains of the Berlin Wall on behalf of the Berlin Senate. Since January 2009 he has been director of the Berlin Wall Foundation and since 2012 honorary professor for Historical Cultural and Memory Landscapes at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.

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    Agnieszka Kosowicz

    President of the Board of the Polish Migration Forum Foundation, Warsaw

    Agnieszka Kosowicz is a human rights activist and has specialised in migration and refugee issues since 2000. She is the founder of the Polish Migration Forum Foundation, one of the leading organizations working to support migrant integration, refugee protection and social cohesion in Poland. A strong advocate of intersectoral dialogue and inter-organisational cooperation, Kosowicz promotes and launches networking and advocacy initiatives to encourage holistic thinking on diversity and inclusion, and supports local communities to develop integration policies.

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    Robert Kostro


    Robert Kostro is a historian and since 2006 has been the director of the Polish History Museum in Warsaw. A graduate of the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw, he served as director of the Foreign Affairs Department at the Office of the Prime Minister and as a head of the Minister of Culture and the National Heritage. He was the programme director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Robert Kostro is a member of advisory bodies, such as the Civic Committee for the Restoration of Krakow Heritage, the Advisory Board of the National Museum in Krakow, the Academic Council of the National Ossoliński Institute (Ossolineum) and chairman of the Advisory Board of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

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    Alain Lamassoure

    Council of Europe, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, Strasbourg

    Alain Lamassoure is a French politician, former French Minister Delegate for European Affairs and former Member of the European Parliament. After a career as a senior civil servant in several ministries and in the General Secretariat of the French Presidency, Alain Lamassoure has held numerous political mandates at local, regional, national and European level. Since 18 February 2021, he has been Chairman of the Board of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe. He ended his political activities in 2019 to devote himself to teaching European public finance at Science Po Paris.

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    József Mélyi

    Head of the Department of Art Theory, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest

    József Mélyi is an art historian, art critic and curator. Since the mid-1990s he has published art reviews and criticism in Hungarian periodicals. His field of research is art in public spaces and institutional criticism, primarily monuments. Mélyi has curated the following exhibitions: Kempelen – Man in the Machine (2007), Kunsthalle Budapest and ZKM, Karlsruhe; Amerigo Tot – Parallel Constructions (2009), Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Boglár – Here and Now (2023), Vaszary Gallery, Balatonfüred.

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    Alexandra Mészáros

    Participant in ‘Sound in the Silence’ 2022 in Kaunas, Budapest

    Alexandra Mészáros has just finished secondary school in Budapest and is planning to study international business from September at university. In her free time she often reads and listens to music; together with her sister she has been playing handball for ten years. She participated in the ‘Sound in the Silence’ international project in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 2022, where she partook in the rap, poetry and performance workshop.

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    Kamil Nedvědický


    Kamil Nedvědický is a legal historian specialising in the broad issues of asylum and migration, penal policy, prisons, probation and mediation, constitutional law, security, human and civil rights. He previously worked in the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic.

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    Vjeran Pavlaković


    Vjeran Pavlaković is a professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. He received his PhD in history in 2005 from the University of Washington, DC, and has published articles on cultural memory, transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia, and Yugoslav volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. He is a co-editor of the volume Framing the Nation and Collective Identity in Croatia (Routledge, 2019), which was published in Croatian in 2022. He was the lead researcher on the ‘Memoryscapes’ project as part of Rijeka’s European Capital of Culture in 2020 and a co-founder of the Cres Summer School on Transitional Justice and Memory Politics, as well as a researcher for Rijeka/Fiume in Flux.

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    Eva-Clarita Pettai


    Eva-Clarita Pettai obtained a PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin and worked for many years at the Universities of Tartu (Estonia) and Jena (Germany). She has published extensively on transitional justice and memory politics in the post-communist region, in particular the Baltic states. She is author of the monographs Democratising History in Latvia (in German, Stuttgart, 2003) and with Vello Pettai, Transitional and Retrospective Justice in the Baltic states (Cambridge, 2015).

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    Villano Qiriazi

    Head of the Education Department, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

    Villano Qiriazi has been the head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe since February 2022. He joined the Council of Europe in 1996 and gained a rich experience in the development of Council of Europe policies and instruments related to quality education, democratic citizenship and human rights, digital citizenship education, fraud prevention in education, etc. Since 2012, he has been responsible for the secretariat of the Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation in Education and the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education. He also served for three years as a special advisor to the CoE Directorate General of Democracy (DGII).

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    Paweł Sawicki


    Paweł Sawicki is responsible for the social media activity of the Auschwitz Memorial followed on different platforms by over two million people. He is the editor-in-chief of the monthly online magazine Memoria and coordinator of the ‘Auschwitz: Not Far Away, Not Long Ago’ exhibition project at the museum; co-author of the podcast On Auschwitz; and author of Auschwitz-Birkenau: The place where you are standing … (2013) which compares 1944 images from Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp with the authentic site of the memorial today.

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    Patrick Simon

    Director of research at INED, Paris

    Patrick Simon is director of research at INED (the French Institute for Demographic Studies) and is a fellow researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur les Inégalités Sociales (CRIS) at Sciences Po. He studies racism and ethno-racial and religious discrimination, antidiscrimination policies, ethnic classification and the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries and in North America. He was a PI of the survey Trajectories and Origins undertaken in 2008–9 by INED and INSEE and coordinated the recent survey (TeO) conducted in 2019–20. Since 2018 he has chaired the Department on Integration and Discrimination (INTEGER) at the Institute for Migration.

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    Johannes Schraps

    Member of the German Parliament, Berlin

    Johannes Schraps is a German politician and political scientist. Since 2017 he has been a member of the German Bundestag for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), which he joined in 1999. He is a member of the Committee on the European Union Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as in the Board of Trustees of the Federal Agency for Civic Education. He leads the delegation of the German Bundestag to the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), and for the year 2022/23, he has been appointed as the president of the BSPC. In Bundestag, he is a vice-chair of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Friendship Group and a member of the German-Baltic and German-Polish Parliamentary Friendship Group.

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    Géraldine Schwarz


    Géraldine Schwarz is a German-French writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her book Les Amnésiques (Flammarion) won the European Book Prize in 2018. Following three generations of her family, she traces the painful process of coming to terms with the past in Germany. She explores how Germans have transformed collective guilt into democratic responsibility, and compares it with remembrance in France, Italy and Eastern Europe. With rising populism and extremism in Europe today, she reflects on how society can become complicit in political crime.

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    Dan Wolf

    Musician, Playwright and Artistic Director of ‘Sound in the Silence’, Berkeley, CA

    Dan Wolf is a hip-hop artist who works with rap, theatre, personal narrative and history to give voice to the problematic world we live in. His projects have travelled all around the world from concert halls to museums to schools and memorial sites where he engages history and culture as a prompt to make vital music and theatre that can only live in this moment. He is the artistic director of ‘Sound in the Silence’ and the co-founder of the Bay Area Theatre Cypher. He is a board member of the Playwrights Foundation and a member of the Recording Academy and the Actors Equity Association.

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    Marlene Wöckinger

    TikTok creator, educator, Mauthausen Memorial, Linz

    Marlene Wöckinger studied history at the University of Salzburg. Since 2016 they have been working at Mauthausen Memorial (Austria) as a tour guide and in 2022 they became the presenter on the memorial’s TikTok account. Marlene has also worked as a freelance historian on Holocaust educational projects with, EuroClio and TikTok Germany. Marlene is head of the commemorative committee Papa Gruber Kreis (St Georgen/Gusen, Austria).

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    Marek Zając

    Journalist and Publicist, International Auschwitz Council, Warsaw

    Since 2006 Marek Zając has been secretary of the International Auschwitz Council for three consecutive terms, chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Council and member of the Auschwitz Pledge Foundation Council. He is a media manager, author of books and scripts for documentary films, head of the channel Polsat Rodzina and an expert of the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme and the Epatricuropean Solidarity Corps.

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    The German–Ukrainian Jazz Trio

    The German–Ukrainian Jazz Trio includes Rostyslav Voitko (Ukrainian, saxophone), Magnus Bodzin (German, bass) and Christopher Olesch (German, vibraphone). In the context of chamber music, the three musicians create, in addition to a pleasant atmosphere, a web of mutual interactions. The trio live through communication, individual assertiveness and the willingness to approach each other. Thematically, the music deals with the expression of values, such as equality, freedom and cohesion. The trio’s repertoire includes jazz as well as original compositions and modified folk songs from Ukraine. Rostyslav Voitko – saxophone (UA) Magnus Bodzin – double bass (DE) Christopher Olesch – vibraphone (DE)


    Participation in the conference is free of charge but registration is obligatory. To register  click here



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