20 January 1942. What Remains?

The Meeting at Wannsee in the Past and Present

International and interdisciplinary symposium, Berlin, 19-21 January 2022

© GHWK Berlin
Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference

“Hideous crimes took place in many other buildings housing Gestapo offices or similar institutions of Hitler’s Reich, but no house has acquired a symbolic and quasi-exterritorial character as this one, in which the extermination of European Jewry was organised and prepared at the conference on 20 January 1942.”

Joseph Wulf

Eighty years after the meeting on 20 January 1942, the symposium jointly organised by the Alfred Landecker Foundation and the House of the Wannsee Conference addresses the relevance of the Wannsee Conference for the history and contemporary awareness of the Holocaust. Together with international experts, we examine the significance of the historical site both then and now, and discuss the role played by the Wannsee Conference in culture, education and outreach.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022: dbb forum berlin / hybrid

From 10:00 am

 

Registration and snacks (from 12 noon)

1:00 pm

Opening

Deborah Hartmann, Director of the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site (GHWK)

Dr Andreas Eberhardt, Executive Director of the Alfred Landecker Foundation

 

Greetings

Claudia Roth, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Dr Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe

1:30 pm

Opening presentation

 

Prof. Dr Dr hc Dan Diner, Alfred Landecker Foundation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem:

The "Wannsee Conference": Meaning and Memory

2:15 pm

Commentary / Reflection

 

Prof. Dr Sybille Steinbacher, Fritz Bauer Institute, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main:

Bureaucratic genocide, genocidal violence and the urge to compare

 

Prof. Dr Norbert Frei, Friedrich Schiller University Jena:

The site of the Wannsee Conference in German historiography and the public sphere

3:00 pm

Discussion

Moderated by Deborah Hartmann, GHWK

3:30 pm

Break

4:00 pm

Reflection rooms in small groups

5:30 pm

Panel 1: Wannsee as a memorial site

Moderated by Steffen Jost, Alfred Landecker Foundation

 

Discussion by Deidre Berger and Cilly Kugelmann, Advisory Council GHWK:

On the significance of a date and place: Jewish memory and the Wannsee Conference

 

Prof. Dr Astrid Messerschmidt, University of Wuppertal:

Between rejection of remembrance and responsibility. Historical relations in a post-national socialist society

6:30 pm

End

Thursday, 20 January 2022: dbb forum berlin and Akademie der Künste / hybrid

10:00 am

Dr Matthias Hass, Deputy Director of the GHWK

Welcome and introduction

10:15 am

Panel 2: Traces of the Wannsee Conference in literature and visual culture

Moderated and introduced by Dr Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Hebrew University of Jerusalem:

Symbolic site and icon - the cultural afterlife of the Wannsee Conference

 

Fridolin Schley:

Reading from “Die Verteidigung” (The Defence)

 

Yael Bartana and Shelley Harten

Excerpts from the video installation "Malka Germania"

 

Followed by discussion

11:30 am

Reflection rooms in small groups

12:30 pm

Joint lunch at the dbb Forum

1:30 pm

Panel 3: The Wannsee Conference in education and outreach

Moderated by Dr Noa Mkayton, Director of the International Education and Training Department, Yad Vashem

 

Tali Nates, Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre:

Education and outreach on the Wannsee Conference, Holocaust and genocide in Africa

 

Aya Zarfati and Deborah Hartmann, GHWK:

15 men - 90 minutes – a protocol: Relevance and critical reflection of the Wannsee meeting in outreach

3:00 pm

Break

3:30 pm

Reports from the reflection rooms

Moderated by Deborah Hartmann, GHWK

4:30 pm

Camouflaging antisemitism:

From Wannsee (1942) to London (2000) to Charlottesville (2017) – A historian’s personal perspective

Prof. Dr Deborah E. Lipstadt

5:30 pm

Discussion

Moderated by Dr Matthias Hass, GHWK

6:00 pm

Joint evening meal at the dbb forum berlin

8:00 pm

Film screening at the Akademie der Künste

The Wannsee Conference. Directed by: Matti Geschonneck. Production: Constantin Film / ZDF, 2022

Greeting: Prof. Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste

Followed by: Audience discussion with Matti Geschonneck (Director), Martin Moszkowicz (chairman of the executive board, Constantin Film) and Deborah Hartmann, GHWK.

Moderated by Shelly Kupferberg

Friday, 21 January 2022: Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference / digital only

10:00 am

Monika Sommerer, Head of the Joseph Wulf Library, GHWK

Welcome and introduction

10:15 am

Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller, GHWK

30 years reflected in 3 permanent exhibitions

Moderation and discussion: Prof. Dr Peter Klein, Touro College Berlin

11:30 am

Break

11:45 am

Panel: Memorial education and digitisation

Moderated by Dr Jakob Müller, GHWK

 

Dinesh Kumari Chenchanna, ZDF, Head of the New Digital Partnerships Unit in the History and Science Department:

“Wannsee Conference” virtual reality application

 

Flavia Citrigno and Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller, GHWK / Antoni Zakrzewski, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS):

Questioning Eichmann’s numbers – in a European digital Project

 

Dr Ruth Preusse, GHWK:

Interactive online exhibition “Remembering Injustice”

12:45 pm

Break-out rooms for the three digital projects

1:15 pm

Break

2:00 pm

Opening of the garden exhibition “20 January 1942. And today?”

Moderation and Introduction: Dr Ruth Preusse, GHWK

 

Followed by a discussion with the participating artists and curators

Sharon Adler, Mathis EckelmannLeon KahaneShlomit LehaviTil Mette

3:00 pm

Closing words

Deborah Hartmann, GHWK

Dr Andreas Eberhardt, Alfred Landecker Foundation

3:30 pm

End of the conference

Registration, Event Locations, Stream, Pandemic Protection

Registration:

The symposium will take place on 19/20 January 2022 at the dbb forum berlin. The film screening on 20 January 2022 will be at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The two programme days will also be streamed - so anyone interested can also participate from home. Participation on site and streaming is free of charge. On 21 January 2022, the conference will continue as a stream-only event from the House of the Wannsee Conference, without any audience on-site.

Event Locations:

Stream:

All parts of the programme are also available as a stream, in German and English. Active participation is possible via a Zoom webinar. The symposium will be available on our Youtube channel in German and English for at least one week afterwards.

Pandemic Protection:

If the symposium can take place on site as planned (dbb forum berlin, Akademie der Künste, 19/20 January), all participants will be vaccinated or recovered and additionally tested and wear FFP2 masks. In addition, we will publish our hygiene concept here on 7 January, which we are constantly adapting to the circumstances.