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1968–2018, Prague – Paris: Insurrectionary Europe

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 22, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Annette Wieviorka: History – A Personal Matter

The French historian Annette Wieviorka will speak as part of a series of debates focused on the legacy of the year 1968 in the present-day context. Historians don’t choose their area of research by accident. This also applies to this French historian and specialist on the Shoah and the history of the Jews in the 20th century who, with admirable energy, studies the history of the genocide during WWII that devastated her entire family. As she explained in one interview, her enthusiasm for and interest in history was born in 1968. “Because only history can allow us to comprehend the world and gives us the possibility of changing it.”

The debate with Annette Wieviorka, who works at the Association Primo Levi and teaches at the university Paris-Nanterre, will be chaired by Luc Lévy, director of Prague’s French Institute.

Evening conducted in French; simultaneous interpretation provided

The debate series is co-organised by the VHL, the French Institute in Prague and the Institute for European Politics EUROPEUM. 


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Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

What Price Human Rights?