Who Owns the Ninth of November?
In Germany, November 9 is also known as the “Day of Fate.” On no other date have so many dramatic historical events taken place in 20th Century Germany. Especially important are Kristallnacht in 1938 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
What does this fateful day mean for German society, and what do people remember? What are the forms of, and possibilities for, the culture of remembrance that already exists—and that which could develop—in German society, or in any other?
The culture of remembrance is currently a highly divisive theme. This event aims to shed light on the controversies and conflicts that surround it, and to discuss them explicitly with guests and members of the public in an interactive format.
This event will take place in German and English with simultaneous interpretation.
Ferda Ataman is a journalist, columnist, and co-founder of Neue Deutsche Medienmacher (New German Media-Makers).
Gerhart Baum is a politician, lawyer, and former federal minister in the German government.
Patrick Gaspard is president of the Open Society Foundations.
Kübra Gümüşay is a journalist, activist, and blogger.
Anetta Kahane is founder and chair of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation.
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