World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 3: Memory Wars

We would like to inform you that the webinar “World War II: Witnesses and Memory Part 3: Memory Wars” will be postponed – the new date of the event will be announced shortly.

We apologize for any inconveniences and encourage you to check the institute's profile on social media for further updates.

The third and last instalment of the “World War II: Witnesses and Memory” series organized jointly by the Pilecki Institute and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The webinar will be devoted to memory culture and to the disparate narrations concerning World War II. The smoking chimneys of Auschwitz, the ruins of London, the Battle of Monte Cassino, the explosion of the atomic bomb, the Yalta Conference – is it possible to talk about a common denominator for all nations who were affected by the events from 76 years ago? These are some of the questions that will be posed by the moderator of the debate, Dr. Wojciech Kozłowski (Pilecki Institute), to his guests: Dr. Alexandra Richie (historian), Dr. Robert Citino (National WWII Museum in New Orleans) and Tomasz Stefanek (Pilecki Institute).

The English-language webinar will be held on Zoom and livestreamed on the Pilecki Institute Facebook profile. Simultaneous translation into Polish will be available.


The panelists:

Alexandra Richie, DPhil, is an historian of Germany and Central and Eastern Europe, with a specialization in defense and security issues. She completed her B.A. (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Victoria and went on to study at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis, The Political Manipulation of History in East and West Germany. Richie is also the author of Faust’s Metropolis: A History of Berlin, which was named one of the top ten books of the year by American Publisher’s Weekly, and Warsaw 1944, which won the Newsweek Teresa Torańska Prize for best non-fiction book of 2014 and the Kazimierz Moczarski Prize for Best History Book 2015. She has contributed to many articles, documentaries, radio, and television programs, and is the Convener of the Presidential Counselors at The National WWII Museum. She is also a member of the Senate at the Collegium Civitas University in Warsaw, Poland, and the Władysław Bartoszewski co-chair of History and International Studies at the Collegium Civitas.

Robert Citino, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian. Dr. Citino is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published ten books including "The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943", "Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942", and "The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich" and numerous articles covering World War II and 20th century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as "World War II". Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the U.S. military establishment, and taught one year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two years at the U.S. Army War College.

Tomasz Stefanek, historian of ideas, head of programming at the Pilecki Institute. Specialist in the field of public history and memory culture. He carried out research, educational and exhibition projects in cooperation with the the Polish History Museum and the Warsaw Rising Museum, among others the "Warschauer Aufstand / Warsaw Rising 1944" exhibition at the Topography of Terror in Berlin (2014). Co-creator of the permanent exhibition of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia (2015). The co-developer of the "Chronicles of Terror" digital collection (2016) and the curator of the "Raphael Lemkin: Witness to the Age of Genocide" exhibition (2018) with the Pilecki Institute. Author and editor of books and articles on political philosophy, history of ideas and memory culture.



Wojciech Kozłowski, PhD, is the director of the Pilecki Institute, a research institution based in Warsaw, and the chief editor of its scholarly journal "Totalitarian and 20th Century Studies". He holds Ph.D. in medieval studies from Central European University and M.A. in history from the University of Warsaw. He was a fellow at the New Europe College and a visiting scholar at the Department of History at Harvard.


ABOUT THE National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. A Private Institution designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, its own hotel and restaurants. New Orleans is home to the LCVP, or Higgins boat, the landing craft that brought US soldiers to shore in every major amphibious assault of World War II. Andrew Jackson Higgins and the 30,000 Louisiana workers of Higgins Industries designed, built and tested 20,000 Higgins boats in southeastern Louisiana during the war. Dwight Eisenhower once claimed that Higgins was "the man who won the war for us."


The Pilecki Institute is a modern scholarly institution engaged in a broad range of research, exhibitional, educational and cultural initiatives. “Called by the Name”, the Virtus et Fraternitas Medal, the Berlin exhibition devoted to Witold Pilecki, and the “Chronicles of Terror” are only some of its undertakings. Each of these projects, however, encourages a deeper reflection on the impact which the long-term criminal presence of German and Soviet totalitarianism had on Polish society and the Polish state. The mission of the Pilecki Institute also includes the organization of activities and events outside the borders of Poland, and therefore on 16 September 2018 we officially opened our branch in Berlin. This gives us the opportunity of developing cooperation with German institutions of culture and science, and improving the quality of archival research.


The following photos were used in the graphic:

1. The royal family, London: Imperial War Museum
2. The atomic bomb: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, ID: 535795
3. Yalta: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, ID: 342-FH-3A48363-60744AC
4. Pilecki: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
5. The gate to Auschwitz: Institute of National Remembrance
6. The Polish flag: National Digital Archives
7. Soldiers with the US flag: National Archives, College Park, id: 169140336