Buchvorstellung mit dem Autor Paweł Machcewicz: “The Disputed War. The Gdansk Museum of the Second World War”

Date(s) - 04/06/2018
18:00 - 20:00

Centre Marc Bloch


Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache

Book launch and Panel debate with the author Prof. Dr. Paweł Machcewicz, Polish historian and co-founder of the museum in discussion with Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer, historian,
Director of the Imre-Kertész-Kolleg „Europas Osten im 20. Jahrhundert“, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

Chair: Julia Röttjer, researcher at the German-Polish-Institut


Buchvorstellung und Lesung mit Peter Oliver Loew und Anna Artwińska.

The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk was opened in 2017. It is the biggest historical museum in Poland and one of the largest historical museums in Europe and in the world.
It also turned out to be the most important battlefield in the realm of historical memory, culture and politics of history in Poland in the last years. The very opening of the museum was jeopardized and hardly came true because of the counteractions by the current Polish government. The concept of the Museum of the Second World War was from the very beginning attacked by the nationalist right-wing as “too European”, “pseudo-universalist”, “pacifist” and “not Polish enough”.
Paweł Machcewicz, historian and former founding director of the Museum, tells the story of creating it, analyzes controversies it provoked and places it all within the broader framework of current cultural and memory conflicts in Europe.