Look back, think ahead
histoCON is an event series organized by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), which is designed to be a platform to share and discuss global perspectives on history and its relation to present and future. The aim is to discuss narratives about historical events, its continuing effects, and lessons that can be drawn from its history. The explicit intention is not only to commemorate the particular historical event but also to consider the implications for the present and future. Furthermore, it is intended to encourage young people from all over the world to get to know different perspectives of history, to question existing narratives, and to reflect on questions of war and peace in today’s world. The current situation, which has developed as a result of the novel coronavirus, also raises questions about the official commemoration of the Second World War. We believe that today the situation can be used to rethink commemoration.