Citizen Dialogue: Forgetting – A Threat to Peace in Europe?

Wednesday 15th May 2019, 6 p.m. at the Auditorium du Cercle Cité, 2, rue Genistre, 1623 Luxembourg

Ahead of the European elections, this public debate is organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg, in cooperation with the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the City of Luxembourg and with the participation of Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism, and Ambassador Georges Santer, current Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Over the past months, the resurgence of racist, xenophobic and antisemitic acts and the rise of extremist parties in Europe calls into question the fundamental values ​​that have been the driving force and cement of European unification over the past 70 years. The disappearance of the last generations who witnessed the Second World War, and the arrival to adulthood of younger generations, who have experienced this peace built by their ancestors, creates a void. Is the resurgence of antisemitism that we observe across Europe becoming a risk to democracy and peace?

What are the European authorities doing to counter antisemitism? How can Europe transmit the value of tolerance ​​to the younger generations? How can we guarantee our democratic values ​​for future generations?

Mark David Cole, Professor at the University of Luxembourg, will moderate the debate.

The event language is English. A simultaneous interpretation into French will be provided.

Photo: Katharina von Schnurbein, European Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism