Book launch and discussion with Franziska Davies und Ekaterina Makhotina
Open Wounds in Eastern Europe: Visiting Places of Remembrance for the Second World War
Remembering the crimes of World War II is regarded as fundamental to a free and united Europe. But what does Germany remember? And what do the countries of Eastern Europe remember? On closer analysis, gaps appear in Germany’s culture of remembrance around the internecine war in Eastern Europe. In ten travel reports – taking in places such as Lviv, the Vilnius Ghetto, Maly Trostenets, Leningrad and Babi Yar – historians Franziska Davies and Ekaterina Makhotina expose these areas of German amnesia in their new book, published (in German) in 2022.
Vividly and in a very personal style, the authors draw on their own family histories and reveal surprising pathways to collective remembrance and mutual respect.
Franziska Davies works in Munich as a research associate at LMU’s Institute of Eastern and South Eastern European History. Ekaterina Makhotina is a research associate at the University of Bonn’s Chair of Eastern European History.
The evening will be moderated by Kristina Tolok (Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism).
This hybrid event will be held both on location and via live stream.
To attend the book launch and reading in person, please send us an e-mail, citing Registration: Open Wounds in the subject line. Alternatively, you can follow the event online via live stream on the Centre’s YouTube channel.
For more information about the book launch, please visit the website of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism.