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Reflecting World War One Remembrance

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English, French

What have four years of centennial commemorations achieved?

We live in societies defined by a need for instant results, yet we still give significance to events that happened a hundred years ago. In the early 2010s, individuals, organisations and institutions working with history had already started to think about the upcoming centenary of the First World War. Countless conferences, exhibitions, media broadcasts as well as international and local projects explored this milestone from a variety of angles.

What did the commemorations highlight, what did they neglect?  Which messages remain? How can we best understand the significance of World War One in shaping Europe and the world we live in today? What are the differences and possible tensions between history, memory and commemoration?

As the World War One centenary comes to a close with the commemoration of the November 1918 Armistice, the House of European History brings together voices from academia, civil society and the museum field to reflect on the legacies and memories of World War One that are still alive and relevant for our societies today. 

Come and discuss how academic research, history exhibitions and social inclusion projects can make remembering World War I a meaningful and engaging process today, for people of all backgrounds and ages. 


Moderator: Jonathan Even-Zohar, history consultant, The Netherlands

Languages: English, French

This panel debate is part of a two-day event on World War One history organised jointly by the House of European History and Europeana. To register to the whole event (Centenary Tour Finale) or just the panel debate, click here


Copyright: Die Bibel als Rettung vor dem Tod, Prof.Dr. Gottfried Geiler, Europeana 1914-1918 (C) House of European History / European Union 2017/ Arnaud Devillers