The Original Sin of Europe’s Dark 20th Century, Conference in Brussels – TBC

Date:8 December 2020
Time:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Address: House of European History
Rue Belliard 135
1000 Bruxelles

The Original Sin of Europe’s Dark 20th Century – (Re)Integrating the Armenian Genocide into European and World History

Our knowledge of the Armenian Genocide and of what it meant for the world at the time has been expanding rapidly over the course of the last years. As Stefan Ihrig shows it also provoked intense debates in Germany after World War I – to such an extent that we can clearly identify a larger and true genocide debate taking place there over the course of a few years. Many Germans came to the wrong conclusions though: for German nationalists and the Nazis the Armenian Genocide presented core lessons about ethnic policies and the international order. By virtue of its reception and the debates it provoked the Armenian Genocide thus was part of the pre-history of the Shoah. What does this mean for our understanding of the 20th century? In this lecture Ihrig will develop some ideas on how we have to rethink some core notions of the history of the last century.

18:00 – Introduction by Rolf Hosfeld
18:15 – Presentation by Stefan Ihrig
19:10 – Q&A moderated by Rolf Hosfeld
19:50 – Closing remark by Rolf Hosfeld
20:00 – End

About the Speakers

Stefan Ihrig works on various aspects of European and Middle Eastern history with a special interest in transnational and entangled issues as well as in the history of discourses, perceptions, and political ideas. His most recent book is “Justifying Genocide – Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler”(Harvard University Press, 2016). His previous book, “Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination” (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2014), received an official commendation in the 2013 Fraenkel Prize Competition of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide.
Dr. Rolf Hosfeld is the director of the Potsdam Lepsius House. He also works as an independent writer and historian and has been member of the German Writers’ Union since 1982. Besides numerous articles Hosfeld has published fifteen books as author, and edited several more. The social-democratic Friedrich Ebert Foundation awarded him its prize “Das politische Buch” (the political book) in 2010 for his biographical essay on Karl Marx (several translations). His history of the Armenian Genocide was published in 2005 and 2009. A revised and completed edition came out in 2015 (Turkish translation 2018, Armenian translation 2020). He also published books on Johannes Lepsius and the German Empire and the Armenian Genocide as editor, co-editor and contributor.

This conference is part of a European Remembrance project co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. For more info about the project, please visit its website at: