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Panel Discussion

After 1945,
forced migration, displacement and expulsion of ethnically and nationally
defined groups seemed to have disappeared from European history. The continent
presented itself in a different, more peaceful light: growing prosperity and
the balance of power (the nuclear stalemate) in the East-West conflict meant
that state borders were moved by force in many regions of the world, but no
longer in Europe.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Zwangsmigrationen in Europa - Zur Geschichte eines gegenwärtigen Problems
Centre Marc Bloch

The suffering of the populations directly affected seemed far away. It was not until the wars in Yugoslavia in the 1990s that awareness was reawakened that political and social orders are reversible. Currently, the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine and the accompanying largest flight movement since World War II are fundamentally questioning the European self-image.

Prof. Dr. Catherine Gousseff (Paris) and Prof. Dr. Norman Naimark (Stanford), historians of Eastern Europe and Russia, will discuss the topic of violence, displacement and expulsion in European history. In conversation, they trace the (hidden) continuities of these phenomena and ask about their significance for the formation of European states and societies from the 20th century until today.

  • Dr. Gundula Bavendamm, Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation
  • Prof. Dr. Béatrice von Hirschhausen, Researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

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Simultaneous translation from French and English into German.
An event in cooperation with the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

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