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The Holodomor in Academic and Public Debates: Ukrainian and European Perspectives, Berlin, 17.-18. September 2021

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On September 17th-18th, 2021, the conference "The Holodomor in Academic and Public Debates: Ukrainian and European Perspectives" will be held in cooperation with the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission.

News from Jul 20, 2021

The sixth annual German-Ukrainian Historical Commission conference, postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic, will be held in Berlin on September 17th-18th, 2021. Cooperation partners are the Holodomor Research and Education Center in Ukraine and the Institute for Eastern European Studies of the FU Berlin. The conference is sponsored by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).

At its annual conference, the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission aims to shed light on the question of the genocidal nature of the Holodomor from a historical and international law perspective. In doing so, the Commission places special emphasis on the historicity of the Genocide Convention, i.e. its specific conditions of origin in 1948. Even if the Holodomor in the narrower sense is not a topic of a German-Ukrainian relationship history, there are some aspects that connect the history of Germany and the Germans with the Holodomor.

In five panels of the conference, the members of the commission and other historians from Ukraine, Germany, Belarus, Austria, the USA and Canada will deal with different aspects of the famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Among other topics, the question of the genocidal character of the Holodomor, the comparison with other famines, the international reaction to the Holodomor, its reverberations during the Second World War and in today's politics of history and culture of remembrance will be discussed.

On the evening of September 17th, the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission invites all interested parties to attend the keynote speech by Italian historian and Holodomor expert Andrea Graziosi, who will give a lecture on "Famines and Genocides: a Global Perspective". The event will take place at Henry-Ford-Bau, Hörsaal C (Garystr. 35-37) from 7 to 8.30 pm. For more information on how to participate and the conference program, which will be available soon, please visit the DUHK website in German or in Ukrainian.

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