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Global perceptions of WWII: Eastern Europe

The 22nd of June marks the anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. Against this background, the latest edition of our histoTALK will deal with the memory of the Second World War in Eastern Europe.
How did civilians experience the war, what consequences did it have for them? and what influence does WWII still have in the region today? How has memory developed over time? Join our guests Stefan Creuzberger (Germany), Dmytro Hainetdinov (Ukraine) and Aliaksei Lastouski (Belarus) for our histoTALK today, 22 June, 3 to 4 pm (CEST).
This edition of the histoTALK will take place in coordination with bpb:connect and the international sister network EENCE.

Stefan Creuzberger,

is currently Professor of Contemporary History, University of Rostock and Director of the Research and Documentation Centre of the Dictatorships in Germany at the University of Rostock. He focuses on German History after 1945, 20th Century History of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, History of Dictatorships, International Relations in the 20th Century.

Aliaksei Lastouski,

is currently associated Professor at the Institute of Political Studies “Political Sphere” at the Polotsk State University and deputy editor in chief of the Belarusian Political Science Review. Furthermore, he is conducting a research project on “Religion in post-Soviet nation-building: Official mediations and grassroots’ accounts in Belarus” (2018-2020, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden).

Dmytro Hainetdinov,

is the Head of the Educational Department at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War / Memorial Complex managing of the educational process and focusing on commemoration.
Before that he studied history at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Comic & Talk

Representation of War and the Holocaust in Comics

In recent years, more and more comics have been created that address serious historical and political topics. This has also led to such comics increasingly being referred to as graphic novels. Not later than with Art Spiegelman’s Maus it became clear that comics can make an important contribution even to dealing with the Holocaust. In this live stream Jakob Hoffmann talks to the renowned comic artists Barbara Yelin and Tobias Dahmen about their works and about the biographies of ordinary people during the war. The two artists present their works and give insight into the genesis and sketches of their current works. They discuss fundamental decisions which they have to make when producing their books: about the approach, about the depiction of violence and suffering, but also about fiction. They discuss whether comics are capable of making an important contribution to an educational process that promotes something like learning from history.

Jakob Hoffman, Germany

organizes comic events and publishes the children's comic magazine “Polle”. In 2017 he founded "Yippie", the first children's comic festival in Germany. With "Stories & Strips", a series of events in Frankfurt, he invites comic artists from all over the world to discuss their comics. He curated several exhibitions of contemporary and outsider art as well as the exhibition "Holocaust in Comic" at the Anne Frank Educational Center in Frankfurt am Main.

Tobias Dahmen, Netherlands

had his breakthrough with "Fahrradmod", a comprehensive graphic novel about his own youth as a mod. The book was a huge success in Germany. Tobi Dahmen works mainly as an illustrator and is currently working on his second big comic "Columbusstraße". In this project he reconstructs the biographies of his grandparents and parents from   World War I to the time after World War II.

Barbara Yelin, Germany

is one of the most acknowledged comic artists in Europe. With Irmina (2014) she published one of the first German graphic novels about the Second World War. In 2016 she won the most important German comic prize (Max and Moritz Prize). With David Polonsky (Waltz with Bashir) she published a book about the Israeli actress Channa Maron. She is currently working on a graphic novel about a Holocaust survivor.