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Phoenix: “2014 – A Year of Anniversaries – But what’s the point of remembering?”

This was the question Professor Martin Sabrow, Director of the Potsdam Centre for Contemporary History Research, Berlin-based French journalist Pascale Hugues, and Professor Michael Stürmer, known for his positions in the Historikerstreit (dispute between right- and left-wing historians comparing Nazi versus Soviet crimes), discussed with TV journalist and historian Guido Knopp on the Phoenix TV talk show History Live on 25 January 2014.

In the memorial year of 2014 (World War I centenary, 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, and 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall), national particularities and memorial rituals as well as various cultures of remembrance in France, Great Britain and Germany have been subjects of debate. Starting with the question of German war guilt and the significance of the Treaty of Versailles, the History Live discussion went on to discuss reunited Germany’s political self-image in Europe.

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