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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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