Europe and Germany 1939-45. Violence in the museum

The event is part of the series "Historical Judgment" at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. In the 4th symposium of the series, aspects of the German occupation rule over a total of about 230 million people in today's 27 European countries will be highlighted. The discussions and lectures by international experts will focus on the question of how violence can be exhibited and what kind of objects can tell what stories about the tyranny.

Prof. Dr. Meike Hopp, associate member at the ECDF, will give a lecture at the event entitled "The German theft of cultural property in the occupied territories: Why Attempts at Categorization and Quantification Fail" 

The symposium will be recorded as well as livestreamed: Livestream

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09.00-9.30 / Registration

09.30-10.30 / Raphael Gross (Foundation German Historical Museum): Welcome address


Jens-Christian Wagner (Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation, Weimar): Exhibiting Violence. On the Musealization of German Occupation in the Second World War.

10.30-12.30 Panel 1: Occupation rule in objects.

Julia S. Torrie (St. Thomas University, Fredericton): Occupation or leave? Germans in France, 1940-44

Fritz Backhaus (German Historical Museum Foundation): Recognizing, Researching, Exhibiting Objects of Occupation. A look at the collection of the German Historical Museum.

In conversation:

Julia Franke, Lili Reyels (German Historical Museum Foundation).
Moderation: Raphael Utz (Foundation German Historical Museum)

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-16.00 Panel 2: Stolen and destroyed objects

Meike Hopp (Technical University Berlin): The German theft of cultural property in the occupied territories: Why attempts at categorization and quantification fail.

In conversation:

Wolfgang Eichwede (Research Center for Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen)
Bianca Gaudenzi (German Historical Institute Rome)
Hermann Parzinger (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin)
Moderation: Benjamin Lahusen (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt an der Oder)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-19.00 Panel 3: Objects of Memory

Sabina Ferhadbegović (Friedrich Schiller University Jena): Among the Gallows. Memory of the German occupation in Yugoslavia.

In conversation:

Mary Fulbrook, Philippe Sands (University College London).
Moderation: Natalia Aleksiun (University of Florida, Gainesville)

Raphael Gross (German Historical Museum Foundation): Closing commentary