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Nazism in Today’s World

Winter semester lecture series hosted by the Center for French Studies at Freie Universität Berlin – Opening lecture on October 23 looks at the question of “Hitler as a ‘Brand’? – Nazism in Current German-French TV Series” (in German)

№ 311/2019 from Oct 22, 2019

The Center for French Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is organizing an interdisciplinary lecture series for the 2019/2020 winter semester that examines Nazism as it continues to appear today from a Franco-German perspective. Presentations will be held by experts from the cultural sector and various academic fields. The opening lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m. Gunnar Dedio, a film producer with the company LOOKSFILM GmbH in Leipzig, will give a talk in German on “Hitler als ‘Marke’? – Nazismus in aktuellen deutsch-französischen TV-Serien” [Hitler as a “Brand”? – Nazism in Current German-French TV Series]. All events in the series are open to the public and free of charge. The series takes place Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Events are in German or French (with simultaneous translation into German provided).

The organizers, Prof. Dr. Uwe Puschner and Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schneider, chose the topic for the lecture series based on the intense debates in France around Nazism in recent years. For example, in 2017 the two most prestigious literary awards in France went to novels that dealt with the Nazi era in different ways: L’ordre du jour by Eric Vuillard won the Prix Goncourt and La disparition de Josef Mengele by Olivier Guez won the Prix Renaudot. Various media and academic research alike have devoted significant attention to the topic. What stands out is how over time, as the Nazi past becomes more remote, social and academic perspectives change along with the modes of debate.

The lecture series will bring together contemporary views on National Socialism, World War II, and the radical right. The goal of this transnational and interdisciplinary perspective is to present a multifaceted panorama of current research questions from the humanities, art history, literary studies, political science, and theater studies. The program includes a talk by a professional film producer, a reading by author Géraldine Schwarz, as well as panel discussions on media reporting and on the documentary film Das Ahnenerbe about a Nazi era research group.

Time and Location:

  • Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., starting October 23, 2019
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Room KL 32/123, Habelschwerdter Alle 45, 14195 Berlin, subway stations: Dahlem-Dorf or Freie Universität/Thielplatz (U3)


Marie Jacquier, program coordinator, Center for French Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Freie Universität, Email: marie.jacquier@fu-berlin.de

Lecture Series Dates (all titles given in language of the event)

  • October 23, 2019
    Gunnar Dedio (LOOKSFILM GmbH, Leipzig):
    Hitler als “Marke”? – Nazismus in aktuellen deutsch-französischen TV-Serien
  • October 30
    Etienne François (Freie Universität Berlin)
    Vergangenheit und Verantwortung – Deutsche Erinnerungspolitik aus der Sicht Frankreichs
  • November 6 
    Pascale Hugues (Tagesspiegel/Le Point, Berlin),
    Josef Hanimann (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Paris),
    Dirk Fuhrig (Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Berlin):
    L’actualité du nazisme. Mediale Berichterstattung in Deutschland und Frankreich. (Panel discussion)
  • November 13
    Kai Nonnenmacher (University of Bamberg):
    “Habiter des nuages dans le ciel d’Auschwitz”: Nationalsozialismus im französischen Gegenwartsroman
  • November 20
    Géraldine Schwarz (Paris/Berlin):
    Les Amnésiques (2017) / Die Gedächtnislosen – Erinnerungen einer Europäerin (2018)
    Reading and conversation
    Moderator: Marie Jacquier (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • November 27
    Nicolas Lebourg (Université de Montpellier):
    Du nazisme au thème du “Grand remplacement”: le parcours de la radicalité de droite
    (with simultaneous translation into German)
  • December 4
    Peter Schöttler (Freie Universität Berlin),
    Florian Schmaltz (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science),
    Uwe Puschner (Freie Universität Berlin):
    Neue Wissenschaft – Blut und Boden (David Korn-Brzoza, 2017)
    Film screeening and conversation
  • December 11
    Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper (Technische Universität Berlin):
    Die Substanz der Ereignisse: Zeugnisse der NS-Herrschaft in Frankreich
  • January 8, 2020
    Andreas Wirsching (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich):
    Hitler und die Deutschen in der aktuellen Forschung
  • January 15, 2020
    Gideon Botsch (Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies, Potsdam):
    “Vu de droite” – Die deutsche extreme Rechte nach 1945: Ihre Entwicklung und ihr Verhältnis zu Frankreich
  • January 22, 2020
    Meike Hoffmann (Freie Universität Berlin):
    Hildebrand Gurlitt als Kultur- und Propagandamitarbeiter des Deutschen Instituts in Frankreich zu Beginn der Besatzungszeit
  • January 29, 2020
    Nicole Colin (Aix-Marseille Université/University of Amsterdam):
    “Am Ende kommen Touristen”: Mediale Transformationen des Holocaust im heutigen französischen Theater
  • February 5, 2020 
    Aurélie Barjonet (Université de Versailles):
    La Shoah dans la littérature française contemporaine – l’exemple de la génération des petits-enfants
    (with simultaneous translation into German)