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Programma:

6-sep.-2017 18:00

Different Wars Exhibition

The European Committee of the Regions will feature the exhibition which reveals the variations in the narration and perception of the history of the Second World War in modern high school textbooks in various European countries. Have you ever wondered how the glorious battles are narrated in Lithuanian or Italian textbooks? Come and compare for yourself at the opening on 6th September at 6PM (entry free, registration required, see below).

Let's talk about the WWII...

The first images of the past, which are formed by school education and history textbooks, are among the strongest. Textbooks bear the knowledge that a respective society wishes to pass on to the next generation. States use them as instruments for civic education, constructing narratives that foster identities, strengthen societal cohesion, or even legitimise the ruling powers. Textbooks, especially history textbooks, pursue the great questions of human history, such as ‘who are we?’, ‘where did we come from?’ and ‘where are we going to?’

For a large number of students, working with their history textbook in school will be the most intensive and lasting encounter with history that they experience in their lifetimes. As they are state-controlled, textbooks hold the reputation of being particularly objective and reliable. However, if we pick up a textbook from the past or from another country, we soon realise that this is a delusion. Textbooks communicate the spirit of their time and express the culture they are written in.

The exhibition “Different Wars” reveals the differences in the narration and perception of the history of the Second World War in modern high school textbooks of the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. The choice of the subject is evident: WWII remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes of the European nations’ memories.

Welcome speeches given by:

Hilde Hardeman, Head of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

Lawrence Meredith, the European Commission, Director "Neighbourhood East" in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (tbc)

Arne Lietz, Member of the European Parliament

Petras Auštrevičius. Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

 

When: 6th September 6PM, exhibition open until 29th September

Where: European Committee of the Regions, 5th Floor, 101, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat, 1040 Brussels

Entry free, registration required BEFORE 25TH AUGUST (full name, ID/passport number) at: events@eu-russia-csf.org



Plaats:

European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat, 1040 Brussels

Datum:

6-sep.-2017 18:00

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