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"Don't Mention the War": Reconciling WW2 Narratives to Ensure Safer Europe

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HJS invites you for a panel discussion among three prominent historians, authors and intellectuals about existing narratives 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 is often hijacked by populist and nationalist agendas and history suddenly enters the political mainstream. In Brexit’s Britain, spurious references are being 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. On the other hand, many people in the West are oblivious to the extent of bloodshed experienced by Eastern European countries (namely Poland, Ukraine, Belarus) in the fight against Nazism.  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. 

The Henry Jackson Society invites you for a panel discussion among three prominent historians, authors and intellectuals from US, Britain and Poland: Serhiy Plokhy, award-winning author, Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Professor Brendan Simms of Cambridge University, Krzysztof Czyzewsky, a Polish author, one of the initiators of the Borderland Foundation in Sejny, Poland, moderated by Adrian Karatnycky of the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter. The discussion will be preceded by a short presentation of a bespoke research about key historical narratives of the 20th century across leading media of 6 European countries (Poland, Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, UK) over 2018-2019.

The research was organized and funded by the Ukrainian Institute and One Philosophy Group of Companies. The research uncovered divergences or omittances in interpreting key events of that century, relating to WW2 (such as perceptions of Russia’s contribution to the defeat of Nazism and interpretations of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact). The research findings will be unveiled by Natalia Popovych (founder, One Philosophy, co-founder, UCMC). 

The event is held in partnership with Ukrainian Institute London and supported by Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter Foundation.

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Professor Krzysztof Czyzewsky

Writer, Philosopher and President of Borderland Foundation

Professor Serhiy Plokhy

Historian, Author and Director of Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

Natalia Popovych

Founder of One Philosophy group and  Co-founder of Ukraine Crisis Media Centre

Professor Brendan Simms

Professor in the History of International Relations, University of Cambridge

CHAIR:

Adrian Karatnycky

Senior Fellow and Co-director of Ukraine in Europe Programme, Atlantic Council (US)

Founder and Managing Partner, Myrmidon Group LLC

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