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“Don’t mention the war”: does Europe need a shared historical narrative of WW2?
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As Europe is to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2, national narratives of those historic events hugely differ across Europe. Identity and historical memory are often hijacked by populist and nationalist agendas and history suddenly enters the political mainstream. In Brexit Britain, spurious references were made to get rid of “German” control. In Putin’s Russia, the “Great Patriotic War” has been made a centrepiece of contemporary Russian identity, justifying aggression against its neighbours as a crusade against “Ukrainian fascists.” Many countries remain confined to their respective WW2 narratives, often downplaying collaboration and overplaying their nation’s heroism. The lack of a shared vision of lessons from WW2 hampers understanding of the Holocaust and the industrial scale that it took in the lands squeezed between Hitler and Stalin.

Ukrainian Institute London and Henry Jackson Society are proud to present an outstanding panel of speakers to discuss these issues:

Serhii Plokhy, historian, author, Director of Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, US

Krzystof Czyżewski, writer, philosopher, President of Borderland Foundation, Poland

Brendan Simms, historian, author, Cambridge University, UK

Moderator: Adrian Karatnycky, Senior Fellow and co-Director of the Ukraine in Europe Program, Atlantic Council, US

The discussion will be preceded by a short presentation of a research project about key historical narratives of the 20th century across leading media of 6 European countries over 2018-2019. The findings will be unveiled by Nataliia Popovych (founder, One Philosophy; co-founder, Ukraine Crisis Media Centre).

May 4, 2020 06:00 PM in London

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