In her article, Andrea Mork, Chief Curator of the House of European History, explores the theoretical basis, leading ideas and main historical messages, which have been decisive for the permanent exhibition of the new museum.
How are past events commemorated today? Commemoration strongly depends on the contemporary views of the past. A conference that took place in 2014, “Europäische Erinnerungskulturen – European Commemoration 2014”, touched upon this topic and gave an overview of initiatives, narratives and commemorations taking place across Europe. It provided an opportunity to analyse and discuss different current perceptions on what World War I still stood for a hundred years later. This topic is also central in European Commemoration: Locating World War I, a new anthology that is now published and freely available online. This publication reflects on questions like “What are the correlations between national, transnational and European perspectives?”, “Is there a difference between a European perspective and multiperspectivity?” and “What can and what should be the goal of historical education concerning the First World War?