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12th European Remembrance Symposium

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Thematic focus

  • Cultural History
  • Economic History
  • Environmental History
  • Intellectual History
  • Local History
  • Military History
  • Political History
  • Social History
  • Museums, Memorials and Exhibitions
  • History of National Minorities
  • Histories of Wars and Warfare
  • History of Anti-Semitism
  • Remembrance / Collective Memory
  • Europe
  • Cross-regional
  • 20th Century
  • 21st Century






Warsaw, Poland


21 - 24 May 2024


Join our 12th European Remembrance Symposium on 21-24 May 2024, at the Polish History Museum in Warsaw! This year's theme is 'Commemorating and Narrating Freedom.' ‘For Freedom – Ours and Yours’ is a phrase coined by the 19th-century Polish independence activist Joachim Lelewel during the November Uprising against the Russian invader in 1830–31, one of the prime Polish independence uprisings. It has entered the repertoire of Polish cultural memory, becoming one of the most inclusive national mottoes during the darkest periods of Polish history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Aspirations for independence and accompanying freedom slogans also played a similar role in the history of the countries of Europe (and beyond) throughout the 20th century, which was marked by two world wars, various civil wars, Nazism and the Holocaust, fascism, communism as well as authoritarianism. What does freedom mean today and what did it mean throughout the historical period discussed above? How did both the struggle for freedom and its celebration become enshrined in the region’s cultural and historical memory? How has freedom been commemorated in museum narratives and how is it commemorated today? These questions are among the key ones running through this year’s European Remembrance Symposium. The goal of European Remembrance Symposium is to exchange experiences and establish methods and forms of cooperation between institutions from different countries. Representatives of European historical institutions are invited to discuss the challenges facing Europe’s idea of culture of remembrance.


European Network Remembrance and Solidarity