The examination of one's own guilt is still central to the German culture of remembrance and collective self-perception today. However, the challenges and consequences that were and are connected with this are all too easily lost sight of in the notion of a »successful German coming to terms with the past«. How can »guilt« be understood historically? What individual, social and political legacy does it bear, 75 years after the end of the Second World War? What can be learned from the crimes of individuals, the omissions of many, and the entanglements of all for today's conflicts and the way we deal with them?
For an exceptional debate on the repercussions of the past in our current political and diplomatic actions, Körber-Stiftung and the German Federal Foreign Office were able to bring together eminent experts and practitioners. With Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Wolfsohn History Prize winner Mary Fulbrook and international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands joining the online video discussion, journalist Lorenz Hemicker (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) moderated a timely review of how we perceive culpability in today’s age.
The video of the talk (in German) can be accessed here.