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Berlin: The use and abuse of history in conflicts - The war against Ukraine in focus


Dear Sir or Madame,

with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the use of history as a justification for war and as part of enemy images and war propaganda is once again a European reality. Putins Russia justifies its actions with symbols and narratives anchored in history, as well as demonizing Ukrainians with strongly loaded accusations. Ukraine and the Western countries that support it also make use of historical concepts, images of enemies and symbolism.

Our panel discussion reflects on how historical knowledge, symbols and narratives have been used in the ongoing war in Europe. In addition, it will be discussed how historians could better identify and prevent the deliberate misrepresentation of historical information and the use of distorted information in the context of conflicts.

The use and abuse of history in conflicts: The war against Ukraine in focus

Panel discussion with Erkki Tuomioja (Chairman of Historians without Borders), Viktor Jerofejew (writer), Katja Makhotina (Professor for Eastern European History). Moderator: Jan C. Behrends (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam).

Friday, 9th December 2022, 2 pm – 4 pm, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin, Konferenzsaal 1

The discussion will be held in English. There will be no interpretation. If you are interested in joining the event, please contact Leon Oerder under public.history@fes.de for registration by 7th December 2022. The event takes place in the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin.

Please visit the website Link of our panel discussion for further information.

Kind regards
Peter Beule
Dr. Peter Beule
Archiv der sozialen Demokratie
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