Wed 05.10.2022 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Neue Nationalgalerie
Talk | Lecture / Adults

Lecture by Tanja Penter: „War in Ukraine: Intertwined Experiences 2022 and 1941–1944“

World War I and World War II are present in many of the exhibited works created between 1900 and 1945, including the painting „Flanders“ by Otto Dix - the drastic, completely anti-heroic depiction of a destroyed war landscape. In light of Russia's war against Ukraine, which began in February 2022, historian Tanja Penter, Professor of Eastern European History at the University of Heidelberg, will discuss in her lecture the extent to which historical experiences of the German war in Ukraine (1941–1945) influence perceptions of the current war. Which historical analogies are drawn in this context and can they provide insight? What expectations do Ukrainians have of Germany based on their historical experiences? What influence does the current war have on the culture of remembrance of the Second World War in Germany? The war experiences in both wars will be made clear to the audience by means of excerpts from historical and current war diaries of two young Ukrainian women. In addition, the question of coming to terms with war crimes in both wars will be addressed.


The events will take place as part of a lecture series from September 2022 to June 2023, on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. Unless otherwise noted, the events will be held in German.
Afterwards, the exhibition can be visited until 10 pm.

Participation in the lecture and admission to the exhibition are free of charge. 
Online booking required.

The event series is made possible by the Ferdinand-Möller-Stiftung, Berlin.