75 years after the end of World War II, the Institut Pierre Werner Luxembourg and the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (German War Graves Commission) are hosting a fascinating debate.
In light of shifting geopolitics, the health pandemic, Brexit and more, the speakers will discuss what our shared history and lessons from WWII can teach us about facing contemporary challenges.
In a debate titled “75 years end of WWII – 75 years of transatlantic partnership in freedom and peace”, four distinguished speakers will join host Bernd Kleinheyer, lecturer at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, to answer questions such as, how are we still divided, and what can be done to overcome that? Is there room for a shared understanding from a historical perspective, and what are some of our common goals?
The event is promoted by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and supported by the German embassy in Luxembourg. Guest speakers include:
Dr. Sonja Kmec, Historian and Associate professor at Luxembourg University
John Wessels, Chief Operating Officer, American Battle Monuments Commission, Paris
Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Historian and former German Ambassador to Luxembourg, Andrássy Universität Budapest
Brigadier General (rtd.) Dirk Backen, Director Service and Cooperation at German War Graves Commission/Volksbund, former German Defense Attaché in Washington