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Dialogue and meetings

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

7 pm: Franco-German Day 2020: Together in the fight against anti-Semitism and racism

An evening on the novel “Salt and Sulphur” by Anna Langfus with pupils from the Marie Curie Grammar School and literary scholar Dr Aurélia Kalisky from the Leibnitz Center for Literary and Cultural Research.

  • Location: Goethe Institute Dresden, Königsbrücker Straße 84, 01099 Dresden
  • Partner: INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DRESDEN, Goethe Institut Dresden

Monday, 27 January 2020

12 pm: Reading names of Jews, Sinti and Roma murdered in Dresden during the National Socialist era.

  • Location: Kreuzkirche memorial plaque, Kreuzkirche 1, 01067 Dresden
  • Responsible party: Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation in association with the city’s churches and Jewish community

The 1953 names are taken from the “Book of Remembrance” published in 2006. The names will be read out by pupils from Dresden, representatives of the church, city, politics and civil society as part of the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism.

7 pm: Looking in the mirror: remembrance. How much fascism is there in our society?

  • Location: Kreuzkirche church house, Dresden, Rudolf Mauersberger Hall
  • Responsible party: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Lecture and discussion with Dr Volker Weiß (historian and freelance publicist) and Klaus Holz (Secretary General of the Protestant Academies in Germany)

Fascism was the root of human suffering during the National Socialism era. The fate of the victims must be discussed over and over again. We must not allow history to be relativised. Everyone is encouraged to deal with the present-day situation. How should we counter neo-fascist and anti-Semitic tendencies?  How can we make remembrance meaningful? A look in the mirror, however unpleasant it may be, is essential to answer these social questions.

1 February - 17 February 2020

“Requiem for the future” (colloquium and memorial bus)

  • Location: In the city’s districts and in public spaces
  • Responsible party: Cosmopolitan Dresden (WOD – “Weltoffenes Dresden”)

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

9 am - 2:30 pm: Municipal pupils’ council pupils’ summit on memorial and taking action. The issue: “My inner compass – what are values worth?”

  • Location: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
  • Responsible party: Konrad Adenauer Foundation Saxony

In 2020, Dresden will once again commemorate the destruction of the city on 13 February and the victims of the Second World War. What kind of future action can we develop from this commemoration? Those in our society that say “Never again!” must first take responsibility for themselves. The Dresden municipal pupils’ council is holding workshops dealing with involvement at different levels.

7 pm: Workshop: Politics of memory on the right

  • Location: WIR-AG, Martin-Luther-Straße 21, 01099 Dresden
  • With Daniela Schmohl (RLF Saxony) and Jonas Kühne (historian, Leipzig Nazi Forced Labour Memorial)

Responsible party: A joint event held by the Saxony State Working Group for Confronting National Socialism (sLAG) and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Saxony

In the workshop, we want to deal with right-wing discourse strategies and address narratives and participants to understand the workings and successes of politics of memory on the right. The reason for this workshop, in addition to current right-wing interventions at memorial events, like in Zwickau or at memorial sites, is Saxony’s politics of memory and the shift in discourse to the right over the last few years. Our own counter-strategies can be developed based on this. How can politics of memory on the left react to the attacks on history and remembrance from the right?

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

5 pm: Lecture “Research for the war. Turning the spotlight on TH Dresden in the National Socialist era from a comparative perspective” Dr Uwe Fraunholz, TU Dresden

  • Location: Kustodie at TU Dresden, Office building on Zellescher Weg 17, entrance A, ground floor, on the left, 01069 Dresden

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

6:30 pm: Europe yesterday and today – which Europe do we want?

with Professor Timothy Garton Ash

  • Location: Deutsche Hygiene-Museum, Martha Fraenkel Hall, Lingnerplatz 1 in 01069 Dresden
  • Partner: Friedrich Naumann Foundation

13 February marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied air raid on Dresden. On the eve of the anniversary of the bombing, Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Charlemagne prize winner and self-declared “English European” gives food for thought on what can learn from this historic event for a unified Europe, and what it means to live in this unique community of states today. Afterwards, Professor Garton Ash and Katharina Wolf, “Women of Europe 2019” prize winner, will discuss the personal significance of Europe for them together with the audience. The event will be presented by Professor Karl-Heinz Paqué, chairman of the board at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Thursday, 13 February 2020

7 pm: Panel discussion “Just a blink of an eye in terms of history?”  – 13 February in Dresden”

  • Location: Albertinum, Dresden State Art Collections, Tzschirnerplatz 2, 01067 Dresden

A joint event held by the City of Dresden, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Wilhelm Külz Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation Saxony and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Saxony.

With Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (former Federal Minister of Justice and Anti-Semitism Commissioner in North Rhine-Westphalia), Professor Anja Besand (social and educational scientist who focuses on the didactics of political education), Rafał Dutkiewicz (former Mayor of Wrocław) and Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Head of Berlin’s Center for Research on Antisemitism.  Questions will also be raised on how modern public remembrance might look and what role memorial sites play.

14-15 February 2020

Internal congress “Painful memories” – to mark the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden

International Congress on the Cultures of Remembrance

  • Location: New Town Hall, assembly room
  • Responsible party: Konrad Adenauer Foundation Saxony

As part of the international congress “Painful memories”, we would like to move away from the German perspective and look to the future. Societies in other countries also have dark chapters in their history and can provide insights into how to deal with open wounds. Answers to important questions on politics of memory should be provided using five thematic blocks, which illuminate various aspects of violence: Which events represent deep cuts in a country’s history? How can we deal with communities’ historical self-harm?  How can we successfully process this? What is the “cement” that holds societies together despite historical divisions?