Friday, 15 May 2020

Tips on literature in English concerning the Second World War


Aleida Assmann (2015): Shadows of Trauma: Memory and the Politics of Postwar Identity

How do people remember? And what do they remember? How can you remember events that you haven’t actually experienced yourself? And how are they remembered by the victims and perpetrators?

These are some of the questions that Aleida Assmann considers in her book, with theoretical explanations and examples from real life. Historical experiences don’t simply exist in their own right; according to Assmann, they are always processed in one way or another.

This is not a book about the Second World War or the Holocaust, but about how these events are remembered, suppressed or forgotten.


Ian Kershaw (2016): To Hell and Back. Europe 1914- 1949

Wars don’t break out; they are made – and the ground is laid for them in advance. That’s why anyone who wants to understand the Second World War needs to look at the period before 1939.

In his book, Ian Kershaw provides a panoramic view covering the years from the end of the First World War to the end of the Second World War and the first few years that followed. The author calls this period “Europe’s epoch of self-destruction.” He discusses the “immeasurable catastrophe” over ten chapters, in which he considers the main elements of the crisis: the ethnic-racist nationalism, the irreconcilable demands for new territorial boundaries, the class conflict during this time and the prolonged crisis of capitalism. Despite the wealth of detail, this book never loses sight of the overall historical developments.


Harald Welzer (2005): Grandpa Wasn’t a Nazi. The Holocaust in German Family Remembrance

Full text available here.
From the preface:

“How does one measure the success of Holocaust education? The research study summarized in this monograph by Prof. Harald Welzer, (former) director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research at the Institute for Cultural Studies in Essen, suggests that what is learned cognitively is not always absorbed into the heart.

Welzer interviewed forty Western and Eastern German families, both in a family setting and individually, to discover how they interpreted their objective knowledge of the history of the Third Reich in terms of their own family history. He found that the history transmitted through intergenerational conversation was quite different from the textbook history of the Holocaust period.”

Friday, 8 May 2020

PEACE LINE starts – on your screen!

Joining us on May 8, 6-7 pm Berlin time – here or on facebook

PEACE LINE starts - on your screen!

PEACE LINE starts - on your screen! 🖥Take part and discuss with Michelle Münterefing, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office on May 8, 2020.The 8th of May is an important day in the #European #history. It is the day the Second World War ended in Europe. The German Army surrendered unconditionally.But what does the end of #WW2 mean for us today? How do YOU see the developments in #Europe? What are YOUR questions?We want to discuss your questions and statements.🤓🤗⏰When?: 8th of May, 6 pm to 7 pm Berlin time📍Where?: Live on Facebook. Just follow our account or use this link: You can be a part of the discussion live in the chat or just watchWe look forward to the #discussion.

Gepostet von PeaceLine am Freitag, 8. Mai 2020

Friday, 8 May 2020

Der 8. Mai bedeutet für mich …

Gedenken und Gedanken: Am 8. Mai 1945 endete der Zweite Weltkrieg in Europa. Dieser Tag war keine Stunde Null, aber ein tiefer Einschnitt für Millionen Menschen.

75 Jahre später hat der Volksbund gefragt: Welche Bedeutung hat dieser Tag, hat das Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs für uns heute?

Persönlichkeiten aus dem In- und Ausland sagen in ihren Videostatements, was sie damit verbinden, was wir nicht vergessen und was wir für unsere Zukunft beachten sollten.

Jeden Tag veröffentlichen wir an dieser Stelle einen Beitrag. Zum Auftakt: Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Präsident des Volksbundes Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Corona Update

What is the current position regarding the corona virus?

Corona hurts our project but we will carry on. Due to the given situation we have to cancel the routes in May 2020 and postpone the summer routes.

Everybody who was confirmed for the May routes is on the list for September. All others: Apply now. The dates for both routes are Sept. 11 to Sept. 24, starting points are Berlin (Green Route) and St. Petersburg (Blue Route).

Stay at home but stay connected and join us on Facebook or Instagram.