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Book Premiere and Panel Discussion

Towards the end of World War II, a large flight movement from the German eastern territories began, caused by the advance of the Red Army against National Socialist Germany. The trauma of
war, guilt and suffering returned with force in the spring of 2022:
many people from Ukraine fled to Germany from Russia's war of
aggression.

Thomas Kreutzmann/ BUCHCOVER Werner Sonne: Schuld und Leid. Das Trauma von Flucht und Vertreibung 1945–2022
Thomas Kreutzmann/ BUCHCOVER Werner Sonne: Schuld und Leid. Das Trauma von Flucht und Vertreibung 1945–2022 © Mittler Verlag

Since the end of the 1990s, there had been years of struggle in politics and society to create a place of remembrance in Berlin where displacement and expulsion would be appropriately documented. Now the war in Ukraine is once again putting the way we deal with the burdened past to the test and causing controversy. Does Putin's war change the view of the suffering of German expellees
in 1945? Does this war even relativise German guilt and the assessment of events at the end of World War II?

The former ARD correspondents Thomas Kreutzmann and Werner Sonne put these questions up for discussion in their new, highly topical book.  

Free Admission

Welcome
Dr. Gundula Bavendamm (Director, Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation)
Peter Tamm (Publisher, Mittler Verlag)  

Podium
Dr. Gundula Bavendamm
Werner Sonne (author and journalist)
Thomas Kreutzmann (author and journalist)
H.E. Dr. Andrij Melnyk LL.M. (Ambassador of Ukraine in Germany)
Stephan Mayer (Member of the Bundestag and Vice-President of the Federation of Expellees)
Markus Meckel (Former Foreign Minister of the GDR and former Member of the Bundestag)

Moderation: Marion von Haaren (Journalistin)

An event in cooperation with the Mittler Publishing House.

(Program in German)

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Dokumentationszentrum Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung