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13:30 - 21:00 23 June 2016

The impact of WWII on European society and culture


Common Ground, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

The genocidal Second World War in Europe is notable for the distinction – made in radically varying ways by different people – between what was perceived as ‘legitimate’ violence that might be expected during wartime, and what went ‘beyond’ it. Overstepping boundaries, whether through complicity, collaboration, ‘excess’ brutality, willful profiting, or in a myriad of other ways, was a widespread phenomenon, both among Germans and Soviets and among people living in the countries under Nazi and Soviet occupations. Questions of individual responsibility within a wider system of collective violence pose challenges that are not easily resolved. Historians, journalists and literary scholars also face significant questions about ways of thinking and writing about these events, and their own roles in relation to past and present. This conference seeks to address these issues from a variety of perspectives.


Uta Staiger
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | u.staiger@ucl.ac.uk


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