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Deutschland magazine: Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall



The special issue of DE Magazin Deutschland on the subject "Remembrance and commemoration" focuses on three anniversaries in 2014. The First World War, the "seminal catastrophe of the 20th century", broke out 100 years ago. The Second World War began 75 years ago. The fall of the Wall 25 years ago was the first step on the path to German reunification. 

The magazine provides an overview of the historical events with “Spotlights on the history of the 20th century”. Essays by and interviews with renowned historians and political scientists analyse the events and their effects on the present. The celebrated political scientist Herfried Münkler shows how the historical events of the years 1914, 1939 and 1989 are related to one another and examines the consequences of the great turning points of the 20th century. Jacques Rupnik, research director at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, takes a close look at "The world after 1989" and takes stock of the democratic hopes following the changes in Central Europe. Markus Meckel, one of the people who helped shape German unity, argues for a European discourse of commemoration. Peace researcher Harald Müller speaks about the lessons of history and their impacts on present-day foreign and security policy.

Young Europeans’ thoughts on the historical events and their relationship to them are documented by a discussion with four scholarship holders of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. Six young people from Germany, Israel, Poland and the USA present impressive reports on their involvement at places of commemoration in Auschwitz, Poland, and Verdun, France.

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