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

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Thematic focus

  • Transnational History
  • Museums, Memorials and Exhibitions
  • Secondary Schools
  • Teacher Training
  • Media and Public Discourse
  • Other Forms of History Education
  • Innovative Approaches
  • Multi-Perspectivity in History Teaching
  • Transnational and International Cooperations
  • Europe
  • 20th Century


English, German




Humboldt Forum, Berlin


16 - 17 October 2023


14:00 - 16:00

(GMT+01:00) Berlin




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. 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.


European Network Remembrance and Solidarity