EVZ Conversations!

An event format organized by the EVZ Academy expanded

Since February of 2022, Russia is leading a war of aggression against the Ukraine violating international law. In the shadow of the pressing humanitarian disaster in Ukraine, there is an additional threat: a fundamental instrumentalization of history. Certainties of cultures of remembrance are being called into question.

What does the war in Ukraine mean for German, Jewish und Ukrainian cultures of remembrance? Which reflexes – like for example resistance of guilt and relativization of the holocaust and of NS-injustice – are perceivable in the German public debate and how can we face them? 

A debate is needed that informs, classifies and also questions how future work of remembrance and history policy can and should respond to this massive instrumentalization of history. In our new format EVZ Conversations, we talk to representatives from institutions of work of remembrance, history policy and science.

You can find a short video version of former events down below. For the complete version of the videos, have a look at our youtube-channel.

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 1

Event Series

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 1: History as a Reason for War: Putin's Narrative of the "Denazification of Ukraine"

Participants on 04/21/2022:
 

Nikolai Klimeniouk, freelance writer
Dr. Irina Scherbakowa, historian, founding member and head of youth and educational programs, Memorial 
Prof. Dr. Karl Schlögel, Eastern Europe historian and publicist


Moderator: Dr. Andrea Despot, chief executive officer of the EVZ Foundation

Panelists of episode 1

  • © Jens Liebchen

    Author

  • © Daria Krotova

    Historian, founding member and head of the youth- and educationprogramme at Memorial

  • © Arno Burgi

    Easteurope-historian and publicist

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 2

Event Series

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 2: Images of history (in social media) in the war in Ukraine

Participants on 05/05/2022:
 

Dr. Bert Hoppe, research associate at the Institute for Contemporary History
Nataliya Pryhornytska, political consultant and political educator
Anton Himmelspach, director and political editor at dekoder


Moderator: Katrin Kowark, head of communications at EVZ Foundation

Panelists of episode 2

  • © Dr. Bert Hoppe

    research associate at the Institute for Contemporary History

  • © Taras Bezpalyi

    Political consultant and political educator

  • © Kathleen Springer Photography

    Director and political editor at dekoder

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 3

Event Series

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 3: What do you have to do with the war on Ukraine? Current challenges to commemorative work

Participants on 05/19/2022:
 

  • Eike Stegen, head of press and public relations at Memorial and Educational Site Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
  • Prof. Dr. Jens-Christian Wagner, director of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation
  • Oleksandra Bienert, researcher and activist

 

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Despot, chief executive officer of the EVZ foundation

Panelists of episode 3

  • © Ina Schoenenburg

    Researcher and activist

  • © Gedenkstätte Buchenwald

    Director of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation

  • © GHWK Berlin

    Head of Press and public relations at Memorial and Educational Site Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

EVZ Conversations! Folge 4: A panel discussion with activists from the Ukrainian civil society

Event Series

EVZ Conversations! - Episode 4: A panel discussion with activists from the Ukrainian civil society

Participants on 09/29/22:
 

Anzhelika Bielova, president, Association of Roma women "Voice of Romni"
Anna Lenchovska, executive director, Kyiv Educational Center "Tolerspace" (online participation)
Petro Rusanienko, producer and actor, Roma activist
 

Moderator: Mattia Nelles, Ukraine-expert

Panelists of episode 4

  • © Kateryna Karpenko

    President, Association of Roma women "Voice of Romni"

  • © Dana Verstak

    Executive director, Kyiv Educational Center "Tolerspace"

  • © Petro Rusanienko

    Producer and actor, Roma activist

EVZ Conversations meets JMB! The Russian war against Ukraine. Consequences for History Politics.

Event Series

EVZ Conversations meets JMB! - Episode 5: The Russian war against Ukraine. Consequences for History Politics

Participants on 02/14/2022:
 

  • Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture
  • Dr. Anatolii Podolskyi, Director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in Kyjiw
  • Floriane Azoulay, Director of the Arolsen Archives


Moderator: Dr. Andrea Despot, Chief Executive Officer of the EVZ Foundation

The event took place in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Panelists of episode 5

  • © J. Konrad Schmidt

    Minister of State for Culture

  • © privat

    Director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in Kyjiw

  • © Arolsen Archives/Nikolai Marcinowski

    Director of the Arolsen Archives

Panelists of episode 7

  • © Stefan Lengsfeld

    Easteurope Expert, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Zentrum Liberale Moderne

  • © Valentyn Kuzan

    Executive director, Kyiv Educational Center "Tolerspace"

  • © Dr. Elīna Šteinerte

    Academic and Human Rights Lawyer

  • © Amelie Losiér/Raum 11

    Chief Executive Offer of the EVZ Foundation