Days of remembrance

There will be a number of opportunities in 2014 and 2015 to remember the victims of the two world wars and the Holocaust. They will give us occasion to consider how invaluable it is that Europe has overcome the age of catastrophes and dictatorships – and how important it is to maintain a free and democratic Europe for all our futures.

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (right) and French President Francois Mitterrand at the French National Cemetery in Douaumont, holding hands while honouring soldiers from both countries who died in the two World Wars.

Honouring fallen soldiers in Douaumont

Photo: Bundesregierung/Schulze-Vorberg

Commemorative Year

The year 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the First World War's outbreak. On this occasion, the five branches of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation - the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Geheimes Staatsarchiv, the Ibero-Amerikanische Institut, and the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung - are presenting numerous exhibitions and events on the "original catastrophe" of the 20th century and the preceding years of artistic and technological change that heralded the modern era.

1914. Awakening. World breakup (1914. Aufbruch. Weltbruch)

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