Winning peace – the End of the First World War with its History, Remembrance and Current Challenges

09.10.2018 - Press release

The conference Winning Peace – the End of the First World War with its History, Remembrance and Current Challenges will be held in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on 11 and 12 October. The Federal Foreign Office, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the First World War Centenary Partnership Programme are the patrons of the event.

This interdisciplinary event will focus on the end of the First World War, its impact on society, countries and the international order, and what it means for the present. After the opening by Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister, the keynote speech by Carl Bildt will provide important food for thought.

Over the course of the two-day conference, renowned experts from the fields of politics, academia, civil society and the media will discuss a large number of subjects at six panel events. The topics will include questions of a just world order, peace and power in the post-war period, differences in national cultures of remembrance and possible solutions to current conflicts.

The main questions of the conference will be as follows: What historical developments extend from the time immediately after the war to our day? Which peace concepts developed towards the end of the First World War remain valid and where do their limitations lie? Despite different historical experiences, how can countries learn from the past together and with a view to the future?

The conference on winning peace is the result of a decision by the Franco-German Council of Ministers on 13 July 2017. It is being organised by the Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Franco-German Institute for History and Social Sciences in Frankfurt, the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), the Centre Marc Bloch, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Fondation Jean Jaurès, the German Historical Institute Paris, and former Member of the German Bundestag Markus Meckel.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum will host an event in its Schlüterhof (inner courtyard) on the evening of 11 October 2018. After the opening of this event by Anne-Marie Descôtes, French Ambassador to Germany, Dr Andreas Görgen, Head of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office, and Ulrike Kretzschmar, Vice-President of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Daniel Kehlmann will read from his latest novel, “Tyll”. The conference will end on 12 October 2018 with a closing statement by Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe.

The event is open to the public. If you would like to attend, please register at

Further information is available at  http://win-peace-conference.berlin/


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