Wer ist Walter? Resistance against Nazism - Second Conference in Nice


CIFE hosts the second conference of our “Wer ist Walter?”-project on 2 and 3 October 2023 in Nice (France). While the first conference in Berlin in May 2023 was mainly dedicated to the history of  resistance against Nazism and fascism during World War Two, the panels of the conference in Nice will focus on questions related to the memory of the resistance since 1945, mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France and Germany. The programme  will also include a public round table on the topic „Resistance against occupation in Nice during World War 2: From history to testimony“ as well as a visit to the Memorial-Museum Camp des Milles in Aix-en-Provence.

Gathering historians, curators and other researchers from different countries, the main aims of the conference are to present and discuss new research on the transmission of resistance since 1945, especially in Museums, with a specific focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France and Germany, in a comparative and European perspective.
The topics addressed in the three panels are:

  • How to transmit? Resistance as object of conservation, documentation, education and myth-making
  • How to represent resistance in Museums ?
  • (Why) do we need museums about resistance? Working on resistance within changing sociopolitical contexts

The panels will include case studies about different countries, and gather authors of the papers which will be published in Summer 2024 in an edited volume as one of the results of the “Wer ist Walter?”-project. These will not be full papers presentations, each panelist will rather present some main points and questions related to his / her ongoing research, followed by an interactive exchange between the panelists and the other conference participants on the topic of the panel.

The first day of the conference will take place in the premises of the CIFE, the French partner of the “Wer ist Walter?”-project, with exception of the public event which will take place at the Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand de Nice. On the 2nd day of the conference, the participants will visit the Memorial-Museum Camp des Milles in Aix-en-Provence. The Camp des Milles was used as an internment and then deportation camp between 1939 and 1942; the Memorial-Museum was opened in 2012 and pays a specific attention to the question how genocide can be prevented and resisted more effectively.

Panelists and moderators of the conference include: Marie-Edith Agostioni, Thomas Altmeyer, Enzo Barnabà, Patrizia Gallo, Yvan Gastaut, Jean-Marc Guiaume, Elma Hašimbegović, Sanja Horvatinčić, Mirna Jančić Doyle, Nataša Jagdhuhn, Maëlle Lepitre, Dagmar Lieske,  Nataša Mataušić, Christian Melka, Nicolas Moll, Ana Panić, Robert Parzer, Nedim Pustahija, Nicolas Sadoul, Ralph Schor, Vladan Vukliš and Matthias Waechter.

Read the detailed programme of the conference.

The conference is organised by CIFE, the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina,  crossborder factory,and the Jasenovac Memorial Site, in cooperation with the Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand de Nice and the Memorial Camp des Milles, and is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

For more information about the project “Wer ist Walter? Resistance against Nazism in Europe”, contact info@weristwalter.eu, or visit the website: weristwalter.eu/project

Photo: “Death to Fascism, Freedom to People”, stained glass in the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly Museum of Revolution, with damages dating from the 1992-1995 war. (c) History Museum of BiH


Round Table: Resistance against Occupation in Nice during World War 2: From History to Testimony
2 October at 18:00 h
Venue: Centre culturel franco-allemand (CCFA)
20, Cours Jaques Chirac, 06300 Nice

Photo: Maquisards de Levens posant à Nice devant l'hôtel Scribe le matin du 29 août 1944 © Lucien Anheim, Collection du Musée de la Résistance Azuréenne


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