The Disputed War. The Gdansk Museum of the Second World War
10117 Berlin, Centre Marc Bloch, Salle Germaine Tillion (7th floor), Friedrichstr. 191
The Centre Marc Bloch kindly invites you to the presentation of Paweł Machcewicz' book Der umkämpfte Krieg. Das Museum des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Danzig. Entstehung und Streit (“The Disputed War. The Gdansk Museum of the Second World War“, Harrassowitz, 2018) with the author, Polish historian and co-founder of the museum. This event is a cooperation between the CMB, the Wiko, the ZEIT-Stiftung and the Deutsches Polen-Institut and will take place on 4 June 2018, 6:00 p.m., at the Centre Marc Bloch.
A debate with Joachim von Puttkamer (director of the Imre-Kertész-Kolleg „Europas Osten im 20. Jahrhundert“, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), moderated by Julia Röttjer, researcher at the Deutsches Polen-Institut, will close the evening.
The working language will be English.
The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk was opened in 2017. It is the biggest historical museum in Poland and one of the largest historical museums in Europe and in the world.
It also turned out to be the most important battlefield in the realm of historical memory, culture and politics of history in Poland in the last years. The very opening of the museum was jeopardized and hardly came true because of the counteractions by the current Polish government. The concept of the Museum of the Second World War was from the very beginning attacked by the nationalist right-wing as “too European”, “pseudo-universalist”, “pacifist” and “not Polish enough”.
Paweł Machcewicz, historian and former founding director of the Museum, tells the story of creating it, analyzes controversies it provoked and places it all within the broader framework of current cultural and memory conflicts in Europe.
Mehr zum Buch (in deutscher Sprache): Der umkämpfte Krieg. Das Museum des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Danzig. Entstehung und Streit