Fridtjof Nansen and the European Plight of Statelessness in the Interwar period
Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was an exceptional European figure. As a scientist, adventurer and polar explorer, he made a name for himself early on. During the final decade of his life, Nansen worked for the League of Nations and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922. He was a central figure in tackling the European refugee crisis after the decline of the multi-ethnic Ottoman, Romanov, Habsburg and Hohenzollern empires. This lecture sheds light on Nansen’s achievements during the interwar period and its impact on the history of humanitarianism.
Moderation by Olaf Glöckner, researcher at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam.
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This event is part of a European Remembrance project entitled “Ideas & their Consequences: Genocide and International Justice after 1919”, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. It is administered by AGBU Europe, in partnership with the Lepsiushaus in Potsdam, EUJS and Phiren Amenca.
Image courtesy of National Library of Norway