AGBU Europe Concludes Series of Lectures on Genocide & International Justice after 1919

22 December 2021

Since June 2021, AGBU Europe and its partners organized a series of webinars and on-site lectures in Europe as part of a Remembrance project supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, entitled “Ideas & their Consequences: Genocide and International Justice after 1919″.

The project included three webinars, an international conference in Berlin as well as dissemination events in Cologne, Milan and Valence carried out in partnership with the Lepsiushaus in Potsdam, EUJS and Phiren Amenca. Each of these event sought to address the heritage of WW1 on the history of the 20th century from a wide range of perspectives.

The impact of the Armenian genocide during WW1 were reflected in the presentations of historian Stefan Ihrig, examining the 1915 genocide as part of the pre-history of the Shoah, during a webinar co-organized with the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris. The 1915 genocide and its denial were also analysed by political analyst Vicken Cheterian as a fundamental element missing from the official history of the Middle East during a lecture organized in partnership with AGBU Valence and the Centre du Patrimoine Arménien de Valence. In addition, the Casa della Cultura in Milan hosted an event co-organized with AGBU Milan on the German writer, human rights advocate and first-hand witness of the Armenian genocide, Armin T. Wegner. As an essential partner of the project, the Lepsiushaus in Potsdam also contributed to two webinars, one featuring the presentation of its late director Rolf Hosfeld on the impact of the Soghomon Tehlirian trial of 1922 in Berlin on the development of international justice, and another one hosted by the House of European History in Brussels and conducted by Roy Knocke on the central figure of Fridtjof Nansen in tackling the issue of millions of stateless refugees in Europe during the interwar period.

The European project also includes the creation of a brochure and an online exhibition to disseminate the results of the lectures and discussions that took place over the course of the project as well as the production of short video interviews in the form of AGBU WebTalks to be released in the coming weeks.

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