Old myths and new propaganda, strong leaders and weak peace agreements, dangers for democracy and Europe's crises: there was much to discuss at the fourth Körber History Forum in Berlin. For two days, more than 200 scientists, politicians, journalists and intellectuals contentiously debated the past and occasionally looked cautiously to the future.
"History has rarely been as topical as it is today, and politics has rarely been so steeped in history." It was with these words that Thomas Paulsen set the framework for the two-day Körber History Forum in Berlin. The Executive Board member of the Körber Foundation was not only alluding to the many historical events whose anniversaries are coming up in 2019, such as the signing of the Treaty of Versailles 1919, the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic GDR and NATO in 1949 as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Paulsen also meant the sentence in a very topical way: "History is increasingly being instrumentalised, it is becoming a political weapon".