Online Panel Debate Between Truth and Trust
Although its origin remains uncertain, truth has been described before as ‘the first casualty of war’.
Even when a war is officially over, establishing the facts of the crimes which were covered up and whitewashed, becomes a task for future decades - often causing further psychological trauma and problems in international relations.
During World War II, all of Europe became a battlefield, and choices made of who to trust had fundamental consequences. One of the most prominent examples was the silence and deception surrounding the Katyń massacre.
When the Soviet Union invaded Eastern Europe at the start of World War II, terror was used to quash resistance. In 1940 almost 22,000 Polish prisoners were murdered in a series of executions known now as the Katyń massacre. The Soviet Union denied the crime for decades, manipulating the facts. Families waited in vain, hoping one day their loved ones might return home.
So what are the factors, which lead to the denial of crimes and those, which foster the acknowledgment of facts? What are the different strategies of denial, and how does the denial of responsibility for mass crimes by the perpetrators affect the families of its victims? How do we effectively support reconciliation?
Join the second online debate as part of the online series Between Truth & Trust, where we will address these questions, while complementing the historical discussion with a psychological approach.
At the end of the debate, a ‘Question and Answers’ segment will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions directly to the experts.
Featuring guest speakers:
• Rezarta Bilali, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Intervention, NYU Steinhardt;
• Alexei Miller, Professor of History, European University in Saint-Petersburg;
• Mirosław Filipowicz, Professor of History, Catholic University of Lublin, former co-head of the Group for Difficult Matters by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs;
• Joanna Urbanek, Lead curator of the Fake for Real temporary exhibition, House of European History.
Paul Salmons, Curator and educator specialising in difficult histories, Paul Salmons Associates.
Introduction by Constanze Itzel, Museum Director of the House of European History.
Register here (EUSurvey - Survey (europa.eu)) for the online event.