The ELES programme ‘Never again!? Together Against Antisemitism & for a Plural Society’ and the European Commission invite you to the panel discussion.
WITH: Dr. Kathrin Meyer, Samuel Schidem, and CPPD members Tobias Herzberg and Hannan Salamat.
KEYNOTE: Commissioner Didier Reynders
WELCOME: Dr. Jörg Wojahn, Representation of the European Commission in Germany
27 January | 5 pm | Live stream on the ELES Facebook page
27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, is a national day of remembrance in Germany for the victims of National Socialism. Internationally, 27 January is observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Shoah is thus also an integral part of a shared culture of remembrance within the European Union.
Radical changes are currently taking place in the debates on remembrance culture. For decades, there has been a veritable memory boom in Europe when it comes to remembering the National Socialist terror, the German occupation, and the murder of European Jewry. At the same time, the commemoration of national and transnational histories of violence is increasingly being questioned, rewritten, and relativised throughout Europe in order to strengthen national and nationalist narratives. In an increasingly pluralised European community, these developments are countered by the effort to update remembrance, to rethink remembrance, in pursuit of a plural culture of remembrance that seek to strengthen it as an indispensable part of the foundation of every society.
Can there be such a thing as European remembrance? Who and what events would be remembered in this transnational framework? What forms of remembrance would come into play? How can the heterogeneity of our societies be transformed into a pluralistic, pan-European culture of remembrance that unites transnational experiences? And can the memories of some be translated into the memories of others?
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Anna, DialoguePerspectives participant