The Original Sin of Europe’s Dark 20th Century – Lecture at Memorial de la Shoah, Paris

Date:3 June 2021
Time:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Address: Memorial de la Shoah
17, rue Geoffroy l’Asnier
75004 Paris

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. 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. However many Germans came to the wrong conclusions. 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 was thus part of the pre-history of the Shoah. What does this mean for our understanding of the 20th century? In this lecture, historian Stefan Ihrig will develop some ideas on how we have to rethink some core notions of the history of the last century.

The lecture will be moderated by Claire Mouradian, historian specialized in the history and geopolitics of the Caucasus. (tbc)

About the speaker

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.

 

This conference is part of the project “Ideas & their Consequences: Genocide and International Justice after 1919″ led by AGBU Europe and co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. For more info about the project, please visit its website at: www.genocideandjusticeafter1919.com

 

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