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ForumZ: The long shadow of the Second World War

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Veröffentlicht am Montag, den 03. April 2017

On 25 March 2017, the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2 DH) organised another successful ForumZ, this time on the Second World War and research perspectives in this area.

The event took place at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) and could be followed via twitter with the hashtags #ForumZLu and #ShadoWW2.

The format chosen for the second ForumZ promoted an interactive exchange between the public and the guest speakers. Following a first part with short presentations of six minutes by ten speakers on their research (‘History slam’), the public actively participated in discussions on ten thematic tables, each moderated by a guest speaker, according to her or his area of expertise. The participants were given the opportunity to ask questions, exchange views and discuss the challenges of research on the Second World War. Three current themes came up during the table debates and presentations: sources, memories and (historiographic) narratives.

Below are the speakers and topics discussed at the tables:

  1. Thomas Grotum (Trier University), Der Blick über Mosel und Sauer. Das Großherzogtum Luxemburg im Visier der Gestapo Trier (1933-1940) [Thematic table: Umgang mit umstrittenem Erbe]
  2. Henri Wehenkel, Biographies luxembourgeoises entre résistance et collaboration. Exploration de terrain hors des sentiers battus [Thematic table: Les bons, les méchants et la vérité ?]
  3. Marten Düring (C2 DH, University of Luxembourg), Mapping helping behaviour in Berlin 1938-1945 [Thematic table: Neue Forschungsmethoden zum Widerstand]
  4. Georges Büchler (Musée national de la Résistance), „Ab- und Zugang“. Des livres de prison comme source historique [Thematic table: Archivquellen zwischen Forschung und Datenschutz]
  5. Vincent Artuso (C2 DH), La collaboration institutionnelle dans la discrimination et la persécution des juifs [Thematic table: Antisémitisme et persécution des juifs]
  6. Renée Wagener (FernUniversität in Hagen), Strategie des Schweigens. Die Shoah in den Darstellungen von jüdischen und nicht-jüdischen InterviewpartnerInnen [Thematic table: Zeitzeugen]
  7. Frank Schroeder (Musée national de la Résistance), L’avenir du travail de mémoire [Thematic table: Le travail de mémoire dans les musées]
  8. Eva Klos (Institute for History, University of Luxembourg), An die Zwangsrekrutierung erinnern. Ein vergleichender Blick auf Luxemburg, das Elsass und Ostbelgien [Thematic table: Zwangsrekrutierung]
  9. Pierre Dielissen (IKL-Centre de documentation et d’animations interkulturelles, Luxembourg), War and refugees – Is history repeating itself? [Thematic table: Teaching the war(s)]
  10. Heiko Brendel (University of Potsdam), Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Computerspiel zwischen Spielspaß und Faszinosum [Thematic table: Krieg spielen]


A detailed report of the event is available here.

Upcoming ForumZ events:

  • 17 June 2017, “The future of storytelling”, Centre national de littérature in Mersch
  • 6 July 2017, “Glocal histories of Finance”, Banque de Luxembourg, Luxembourg City